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May 2, 2017 - Suspected Swiss spy arrested in Germany
A suspected Swiss spy arrested in Germany was allegedly surveilling finance investigators involved in the purchase of data CDs on tax cheats in Switzerland, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

May 2, 2017 - Swiss spy agency defends practices after German arrest in tax case
"When someone in Switzerland uses illegal methods in Switzerland to steal state or business secrets, that is espionage, and we have the task to fight that," FIS director Markus Seiler told reporters at a briefing in Bern.

May 2, 2017 - DOJ’s Decision to Appeal Tax Whistleblower Case Will Weaken the Federal Government’s Ability to Detect Fraud
The Justice Department is appealing the Tax Court’s decision in Whistleblower 21276-13W v. Commissioner and Whistleblower 21277-13W v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 4 (2016).

May 2, 2017 - Germany arrests Swiss spy who was monitoring tax-fraud investigators
According to Die Welt, Daniel M. was monitoring the activities of German tax-fraud investigators who have been trying for years to stop German citizens from having secret bank accounts abroad.

May 2, 2017 - Germany arrests Swiss spy who hunting tax fraud whistle-blowers
The suspect is named as the 54-year old Daniel M. and was apparently working in the financial sector. He was arrested on Friday in Frankfurt and was allegedly trying to secure information on Swiss banking sector whistleblowers, selling information to German authorities.

April 25, 2017 - Harbert Management to Pay $40 Million to Settle New York Tax Whistleblower Tax Case
“Our investigation uncovered a brazen and deliberate decision to avoid paying millions in taxes owed to New York State,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

April 10, 2017 - IRS Whistleblower Office Faces Test With Trump Administration
As a means of improving the Whistleblower Office, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation (S. 762) March 29 to address the agency’s communication with tax fraud whistle-blowers.

March 28, 2017 - Swiss court rejects whistleblower suit against Julius Baer
Switzerland's top court has dismissed a whistleblower's lawsuit against private bank Julius Baer and employees, in which the whistleblower claimed damages to his reputation and finances, the latest twist in a decade-long saga.

March 20, 2017 - Court reduces sentences of ex-PwC LuxLeaks whistleblowers
“The LuxLeaks whistleblowers acted in the public interest to reveal corporate tax avoidance, so today’s verdict is a disappointing outcome for advocates for transparency,” said ActionAid head of advocacy Charlie Matthews in a statement Wednesday.

March 6, 2017 - Whistleblower Annual Report to Congress for 2016

February 27, 2017 - The IRS pays whistleblowers to turn in tax-evaders
Since President George W. Bush signed the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, the IRS has had a program that rewards Americans who inform the agency on tax dodgers. In its first decade, the program has helped the IRS recover $3.4 billion, and resulted in payouts of $465 million to whistleblowers.

February 23, 2017 - Retaliation Claims By Corporate Whistleblowers in France – What Is Too Far?
This week, a French court announced an indictment against UBS related to its alleged treatment of Nicholas Forissier, a former audit manager who provided information to French authorities a decade ago in a tax evasion investigation of UBS.

Feb 15, 2017 - Grassley on Treasury Secretary Confirmation; Cites IRS Whistleblowers, Wind Energy Production Tax Credit, Tax Reform as Priorities
“As the author of the provisions improving the incentives for whistleblowers to come forward about large dollar tax fraud, I was glad to receive a commitment from Mr. Mnuchin in support of a strong IRS whistleblower function. Whistleblowers have helped the IRS recover $3.4 billion that otherwise would have been lost to fraud. C

February 2, 2017 - Tax Court confirms whistleblowers’ $17.8M award
The case, Whistleblower 21276-13W v. Commissioner, 147 TC 4, was decided last August, but the Tax Court has just denied the IRS’s Motion for Reconsideration, directing it to pay $17,791,706 to the couple.

February 1, 2017 - IRS Whistleblower Advocates Hopeful New Administration Upholds “Collected Proceeds” Tax Court Decision
This decision gives Treasury Secretary nominee Mnuchin and the new administration an opportunity to embrace the Tax Court’s final ruling and show that it supports the IRS whistleblower program and is serious about going after big time tax cheats’” said Dean Zerbe,

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