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Listen: Taxcast’s November 2018 Podcast on How Governments Can Better Protect and Encourage Whistleblowers

Posted  12/7/18
Constantine Cannon partner Mary Inman is featured in the Tax Justice Network’s November podcast on, among other things, whistleblowing on tax fraud. Inman discusses the impact of U.S. whistleblower laws on corporate wrongdoing and white collar enforcement and speaks to improvements governments can make to better protect whistleblowers, encourage whistleblowers to bring evidence to their governments, and financially incentivize or reward whistleblowers.   Listen to the full episode below:

What the Panama and Paradise Papers Tell Us

Posted  06/15/18
At this spring’s OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami, journalists involved in two of the biggest document leaks in history, the Panama and Paradise Papers, spoke on panels about secrecy jurisdictions and discussed the tax avoidance, corruption, and money-laundering they permit. Their fascinating presentations provided a chance to reflect on the magnitude of the information released to the public and on how far the world still has to go to encourage positive...

Constantine Cannon partner Eric Havian moderates panel with The Big Three -- heads of the whistleblower offices at the SEC, CFTC and IRS -- at the 16th Annual Offshore Alert Conference

Posted  05/30/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian recently joined Jane Norberg, Christopher Ehrman and Lee Martin, the heads of the whistleblower offices for the SEC, CFTC and IRS (otherwise known as The Big Three), to moderate a panel entitled ‘Enriching Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach Of US Programs,’ which explored, among other things, the growing number of submissions from whistleblowers outside the...

Constantine Cannon’s Eric Havian Will Join Panel with SEC, CFTC & IRS Whistleblowing Chiefs at OffshoreAlert Conference

Posted  03/6/18
The SEC's Jane Norberg, the CFTC's Christopher Ehrman and the IRS's Lee Martin will join Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian for a panel entitled "Enriching Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach Of US Programs." The panel will, among other things, look at the growing number of submissions from whistleblowers outside the United States. The OffshoreAlert Conference on financial intelligence and investigations offers a neutral forum where senior...

Constantine Cannon’s Eric Havian Will Join Panel with SEC, CFTC & IRS Whistleblowing Chiefs at OffshoreAlert Conference

Posted  03/6/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The SEC's Jane Norberg, the CFTC's Christopher Ehrman and the IRS's Lee Martin will join Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian for a panel entitled 'Enriching Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach Of US Programs'. The panel will, among other things, look at the growing number of submissions from whistleblowers outside the United States. The OffshoreAlert Conference on financial intelligence and investigations...

IRS Whistleblower Office Releases FY 2017 Annual Report

Posted  01/8/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The IRS recently released its FY 2017 annual report detailing the work of the IRS’ whistleblower office. In 2017, the IRS whistleblower office made 242 awards totaling $33.9 million. This adds on to FY 2016’s total to make 660 awards in the past two years. The 660 awards over the past two years are greater than the 655 awards paid over the previous six...

Constantine Cannon Welcomes Former DOJ Tax Attorney, Expands Its Whistleblower Group

Posted  10/24/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Constantine Cannon LLP announced today that the firm has expanded its whistleblower practice to better serve prospective whistleblowers reporting tax fraud and tax evasion, with the addition of former Department of Justice trial attorney Michael J. Ronickher, Of Counsel, in the Washington, D.C., office. Professor Diane M. Ring of Boston College Law School will join as Of Counsel in Boston, and Robert Gardner, former manager in the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office,...

Senators Propose Legislation to Bolster IRS Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/5/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team In an effort to improve the IRS Whistleblower Office, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation last week to increase communication between the agency and whistleblowers, and to strengthen retaliation protections for tax whistleblowers. The IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017 was designed to address concerns with the Whistleblower Office’s handling of claims, including delays...

IRS Whistleblower Program Yields Promising Results

Posted  02/1/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team On January 27, 2017, the United States Tax Court entered a favorable order for two whistleblowers who provided information to the IRS. The order entitled the whistleblowers to an award of about $8.9 million each. The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which created the “IRS whistleblower program,” provides for mandatory rewards of 15-30% of any government recovery to individuals who provide...

IRS Releases Encouraging Whistleblower Report for 2016

Posted  01/24/17
By Phillip Brown The Internal Revenue Service recently released its annual report to Congress regarding its whistleblower program and the results are encouraging, with hope for an even better 2017. Since 2007, whistleblowers have helped the IRS collect more than $3.4 billion in tax revenue and have been awarded more than $465 million for their efforts. Coming off of a strong 2015 in which the IRS awarded 99 whistleblowers a...
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