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GAO Finds Widespread Problems In The IRS Whistleblower Program

Posted  12/3/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Since 2011, the IRS whistleblower office has collected almost two billion in unpaid taxes and has awarded over $315 million to whistleblowers.  The apparent success of the program, however, is tempered by widespread problems in the timeliness and accuracy of providing awards, the lack of clear communication and claim review procedures, and a failure to provide protections...

In Their Own Words — Grassley

Posted  12/1/15

-- "We all need to make sure the IRS puts out a welcome mat for whistleblowers."

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on yesterday's report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office finding major failings in the IRS Whistleblower Program and the need for the IRS to "step[] up its work."  Click here for more.

In Their Own Words -- Burns

Posted  09/1/15

-- “THE AGENCY IS BUREAUCRATIC, MYOPIC, AND NOT LEVERAGING WHISTLEBLOWER INFORMATION AND PRIVATE LEGAL RESOURCES TO ACHIEVE MISSION SUCCESS.”

Patrick Burns of Taxpayers Against Fraud discussing the IRS whistleblower program.

IRS Releases Another Report on Whistleblower Program

Posted  07/10/15
By Jason Enzler The Internal Revenue Service just released its annual report to Congress regarding its whistleblower program – and it reveals a program that at first blush is just as disappointing as it was last year.  In fact, a comparison of the two years suggests that the IRS whistleblower program may even have become less effective than it was previously. For example, in FY 2013, the IRS received over...

New IRS Whistleblower Rules Receive a “Mixed Review”

Posted  08/8/14
By Jason Enzler The Internal Revenue Service issued final rules for the IRS whistleblower program yesterday.  Under the new rules, some government employees may now qualify as whistleblowers, and whistleblower bounties may be larger in some cases.  But the rules will not permit whistleblowers to receive awards when the government uses their information to secure recoveries through criminal tax proceedings. The...

A Disappointing Whistleblower Report from the IRS

Posted  04/10/14
By Marlene Koury The IRS recently released its Annual Report to Congress on its whistleblower program and the results are discouraging even for an agency that has a questionable track record when it comes to dealing with whistleblowers.  Despite having received more tips than ever – over nine thousand of them -- the IRS paid only $53 million to whistleblowers in 2013.  This is a sharp drop from the $125 million...

Interview with Randy Fox, New York’s Whistleblower Chief, on New York as an Alternative to the IRS for Tax Whistleblowers

Posted  03/25/13
By Marlene Koury Whistleblower Insider interviewed Randy M. Fox, Bureau Chief of the Taxpayer Protection Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office, about the recent tax fraud case against the famous New York tailor, Mohanbhai “Mohan” Ramchandani, and the good work Mr. Fox’s office is doing under the New York False Claims Act. The Mohan case is the first resolution of a tax case brought under the...

A Tale of Two Whistleblower Offices -- The Very Different Approaches of the SEC and IRS

Posted  10/26/12
By Gordon Schnell By now, we all have heard about the $104 million awarded to former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld for blowing the whistle on the Swiss banking giant's scheme to help thousands of Americans use offshore accounts to cheat the IRS.  See The IRS Whistleblower Office Gets Serious With Record Setting Award.  It was the largest whistleblower award on record and particularly notable as it came from an...

The IRS Whistleblower Office Gets Serious With Record Setting Award

Posted  09/12/12
By Gordon Schnell In a shot heard round the whistleblower world, the IRS has paid $104 million to former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld for blowing the whistle on the Swiss banking giant's scheme to help thousand of Americans cheat the IRS through secreting their assets in offshore accounts.  This is the scandal that led to the bank's payment of a $780 million fine and to the voluntary disclosure by more than...

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