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July 5, 2017 - Tax Court Won't Grant Anonymity To Serial Whistleblower
“Unless we identify serial filers by name, the public will be unable to judge accurately the extent to which the serial filer phenomenon has affected the work of the Tax Court, because the public would not know whether any particular petitioner of an adverse whistleblower determination had filed petitions appealing other adverse whistleblower determinations,” the court said.

June 2, 2017 -- Sometimes, the IRS Makes Whistleblowers Millionaires
In what is likely to be the largest whistleblower award in the Internal Revenue Service's history, the agency may pay a former executive for Caterpillar (CAT) hundreds of millions of dollars for reporting on a shady tax strategy he witnessed.

June 1, 2017 - The Whistleblower Behind Caterpillar’s Massive Tax Headache Could Make $600 Million
The construction giant faces a $2 billion IRS bill and possible criminal charges, while the accountant who tipped off the feds stands to make a windfall.

May 10, 2017 - IRS should use whistleblowers, not collection agencies, to close the tax gap
As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a staunch whistleblower advocate, noted in 2013, many at the IRS “have undermined the program” and “refuse to fully utilize the whistleblower’s knowledge and expertise to identify and expose tax cheat.”

May 3, 2017 - Swiss-Banking Whistleblower Slaps UBS With Libel Suit
A man who exposed the largest tax fraud in history claims in court that UBS smeared him after he came out with a book about blowing the whistle on Swiss banking schemes.

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

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