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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,

Janaury 26, 2017 - Trump Treasury Nominee Answers on Tax Whistleblower Issue
“Should you be confirmed, can I count on you to be supportive of the whistleblower program and work to ensure its success, and would you be willing to review the IRS’s administration program including its very narrow interpretation of the words collected proceeds?”

January 26, 2017 - Grassley Q&A: Collecting Taxes Owed
We need more eyes and ears to uncover waste, fraud and abuse that’s riddling the ledgers of the federal government and taking taxpayers for a ride.

January 23, 2017 - Accounting News Roundup: Whistleblower Intimidation and Things Looking Up for the IRS?
Mnuchin said in response to a question from Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican. “I don't think there's any other government agency that's gone down 30 percent, and especially for an agency that collects revenues, this is something that I'm concerned about.

January 19, 2017 - Tax cheats beware, whistleblowers are telling the IRS
According to an IRS report, its Whistleblower Office issued 418 whistleblower awards during fiscal 2016 compared with just 99 in 2015 (however, the dollar amount of those payouts fell from 2015’s $101.3 million to 2016’s $61 million).

January 18, 2017 - IRS Whistleblower Program Annual Report to Congress
The Whistleblower Office made 418 awards to whistleblowers totaling more than $61 million (before sequestration), which includes 18 awards under Section 7623(b). This represents a 322 percent increase in the number of awards made in FY 2016, as compared to the 99 total awards paid in FY 2015.

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