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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.

January 18, 2017 - Tax Cheats Beware: IRS Whistleblower Awards Soar 322%
since 2007, information submitted by whistleblowers has assisted the IRS in collecting $3.4 billion in revenue, and, in turn, the IRS has approved more than $465 million in monetary awards to whistleblowers.”

December 20, 2016 - What Effect Do SEC Comment Letters Have on Tax Compliance?
The study was authored by professors Thomas Kubick of the University of Kansas, Daniel Lynch of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Michael Mayberry of the University of Florida, and Thomas Omer of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

October 31, 2016 - Bradley Birkenfeld Wants Senate Hearing on Failure of Justice Department to Crack Down On Corporate Crime
“We would have gotten confidential informant status. We would have been protected. The IRS loves people like me who come forward with this documentation.”

September 16, 2016 - Whistleblower - Informant Award
The IRS Whistleblower Office pays money to people who blow the whistle on persons who fail to pay the tax that they owe. If the IRS uses information provided by the whistleblower, it can award the whistleblower up to 30 percent of the additional tax, penalty and other amounts it collects.

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