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November 2, 2018 - IRS May Be Unintentionally Discouraging Whistleblowers From Reporting Tax Cheats
Form 11369 “does not require examiners to include information about the usefulness of a whistleblower’s information” in collecting the taxes owed, GAO said.

April 30, 2018 - Whistleblowers Hope for an Ally at IRS
Mr. Rettig is on the record as a fan of the whistleblower program. “Tax whistleblowers provide valuable leads and often offer unique insights into compliance-challenged taxpayers,” he wrote in 2016 in the Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure.

April 18, 2018 - California Insurer Faces Whistleblower Complaint Over Health Law Taxes
The complaint against Blue Shield of California focuses on the taxation of certain health plans that are funded by both an employer and insurer. It could spark more scrutiny by federal officials into whether all insurers are paying their fair share of taxes on premiums.

March 30, 2018 - Whistleblowers ’ reward approved for criminal sanctions issued against international financial institution for assisting U.S. citizens in evading taxes
The dismissal of the government’s appeals keeps in place the whistleblower’s win in the Tax Court decision of Whistleblower 21276-13W and 21277-13W v. CIR 147, TC 4 (2016) providing for a broad definition of “collected proceeds” –the basis for whistleblower awards in tax cases .

March 16, 2018 - Fallout from Supreme Court decision on whistleblower protection could hit corporations hard
Although the Supreme Court’s decision limits Dodd-Frank’s employment protections, it may be employers that will feel the harshest sting. Companies now should expect employees to bypass internal channels altogether and go straight to the SEC with their concerns of securities law violations.

March 1, 2018 - New IRS Task Force + Whistleblowers Could Mean Tougher International Tax Enforcement
The new task force – which, with a staff of just ten, is seriously under-resourced – should start with investigating some of the thousands of whistleblower claims filed with the IRS that include detailed reports of offshore tax schemes that cheat the US Treasury of billions in tax revenues.

February 12, 2018 - Congress In Budget Rolls Out Red Carpet For Tax Whistleblowers
The Congress (thanks, as always,to Senator Grassley, R-IA) clarified and reaffirmed that the definition of "collected proceeds" (which serves as the basis for mandatory awards to tax whistleblowers under Section 7623(b)) encompasses not just taxes, but also includes criminal and civil tax penalties, forfeitures, fines, etc. as well as FBAR penalties.

February 2, 2018 - How Sen. Chuck Grassley intends to work for Iowans in the year ahead
Whistleblowers keep government honest, and it’s been an ongoing exercise to ensure protections for these brave men and women. Last year, I introduced the IRS Whistleblower Improvement Act and the Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act. I’ll keep pursuing ways to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and foster a safe environment to report waste, fraud and abuse.

January 8, 2018 - Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report to Congress
IRS WB Report for 2017

December 21, 2017 - The GOP tax bill will make life easier for tax cheats. Here’s how.
There were two important whistleblower reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act when the Senate passed its version of the bill a few weeks ago: Both provisions were designed to stop tax evasion, closing loopholes that threatened to undermine whistleblower protections.

December 19, 2017 - Whistleblower Reforms Cut from Final Tax Bill
As we have previously reported, the IRS and Department of Justice have argued that whistleblowers who report criminal tax frauds, such as those committed by Swiss banks, should be excluded from the tax whistleblower law.

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.”

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