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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

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

First False Claims Act Tax Recovery in New York; Whistleblower Awarded $1.1 Million

April 15th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetA well-known New York City tailor pled guilty to tax-evasion charges and separately agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a related whistleblower case brought under New York State’s False Claims Act (FCA). The whistleblower, Vijay Tharwani, a former employee of the tailor, will receive $1.1 million of the settlement. The case marked the first […]

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Tags: Reporting Tax Fraud · State Whistleblower Legislation · Tax fraud

D.C. Legislation Would Extend False Claims Act Treatment to Taxes

February 21st, 2013 · No Comments

TweetOn February 5, 2013, D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) presented the “False Claims Act of 2013” to the Committees on Finance and Revenue.  This bill would extend the current False Claims Act which fails to apply to violations of the tax code. The False Claims Act of 2013 would enable whistleblowers to receive […]

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Tags: D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act · Tax fraud

Tax Court Protects Identity of IRS Whistleblower

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet On December 8, 2011, the United States Tax Court issued an opinion in Whistleblower v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue granting an IRS whistleblower’s motion for a protective order permitting the whistleblower to maintain his or her anonymity.  The court stated: We conclude that granting [the whistleblower's] request for anonymity strikes a reasonable balance between [the […]

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Tags: Tax fraud