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Rule 345 Provides a New Shield for IRS Whistleblowers

May 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

TweetA U.S. Tax Court judge on Tuesday allowed three whistleblowers to hide their identities in court for reasons that ranged from death threats to a fear of professional ostracism. The rulings by Judge Diane L. Kroupa appear to be the the first decisions publicly reached under the Tax Court’s Rule 345, which in 2012 established […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Reporting Tax Fraud · Tax fraud

Judge: Whistleblower’s Removal of Internal Documents Was Protected Under SOX

August 19th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetAn administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor ruled that a whistleblower’s duplication and removal of confidential information from his employer was a protected activity under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) — and that it was neither unlawful nor a valid reason for firing, as his employer had claimed.

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Tags: Department of Labor ARB · IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley · United States Department of Labor · Whistleblower Protection

Tax Court Sheds Light on Whistleblower’s Denied Award

July 26th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetWhat can whistleblowers do when the IRS Whistleblower Office denies them an award for helping the government to recover money from a suspected tax cheat? They can do what Albert G. Hill, III, did — challenge the denial in tax court. But such challenges are difficult without access to information that the IRS used to deny […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Reporting Tax Fraud

Tax Court Blasts IRS for ‘Obfuscation’ in Whistleblower Case

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetIn an unusually blunt opinion, the U.S. Tax Court rebuked the Internal Revenue Service for continuing to fight award claims made by two anonymous whistleblowers — even as the agency was reopening the same claims in a related investigation. In a dismissal order issued on May 10, 2013, Judge Maurice Foley slammed the IRS for […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Tax fraud

Obama’s Budget Plan: Protect IRS Whistleblowers from Retaliation

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetPresident Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014 includes good news for whistleblowers: Under his plan, the law finally would protect people who report tax cheats to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Retaliation · Tax fraud

Attorney R. Scott Oswald Quoted in Law360 Regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Decison

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, discusses in the Law360 article titled Revival of SOX Case Stokes Confidentiality Concerns, which outlines the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board’s blockbuster holding in Vannoy v. Celanese Corp.  Whistleblower Matthew Vannoy noticed potential weaknesses in his employer’s credit card reimbursement program and reported those weaknesses internally and to the IRS.  Some of […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Sarbanes-Oxley

DOL ARB Rules that Whistleblowers May Disclose Confidential Employer Information Evidencing Wrongdoing

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Vannoy v. Celanese Corp., the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s decision, affirming that whistleblowers are protected when disclosing to the government confidential employer information evidencing wrongdoing. Whistleblower Matthew Vannoy filed a complaint with the Department of Labor on January 25, 2008, alleging his employer, Celanese Corporation, violated […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Sarbanes-Oxley

IRS Awards Whistleblower $4.5 Million

April 8th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe IRS Whistleblower Office paid a $4.5 million reward under its new Whistleblower Reward Program to an unidentified accountant who discovered a tax liability greater than $20 million at a Fortune 500 financial services firm.  The firm had declined to report the tax liability to the IRS after it was discovered. The whistleblower came forward […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · The Employment Law Group, P.C. · Whistleblower Protection Act

IRS Rewards Enron Whistleblower $1.1 Million

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet The Washington Post reported that the IRS awarded $1.1 million to the anonymous whistleblower who reported Enron for bilking the government out of over $200 million in tax revenue before its collapse in 2001.  The whistleblower showed the IRS how Wall Street banks, using business arrangements and entities, provided tax shelters for $600 million […]

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