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June 17, 2019 - Congress Passes Grassley-Led Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill
Improves the IRS whistleblower program by: authorizing the IRS to communicate with whistleblowers during the processing of their claims, while also protecting taxpayer privacy; and extending anti-retaliation provisions to IRS whistleblowers that are presently afforded to whistleblowers under other whistleblower laws;

2019.4.29 - The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRS
To date, the largest known IRS whistleblower award of $104 million went to Bradley Birkenfeld, a former private banker for UBS AG who did go public.

2019.3.19 - 2018 IRS Whistleblower Program Report to Congress
This year, the Whistleblower Office made 217 awards to whistleblowers totaling $312,207,590 (before sequestration), which includes 31 awards under IRC § 7623(b). The number of IRC § 7623(b) awards paid increased 14.8 percent compared to FY 2017. Proceeds collected were $1,441,255,859.

March 12, 2019 - EU protects whistleblowers with new directive
"Whistleblowers deserve support and protection from the moment they decide to blow the whistle," said the Commission's Justice department. "Great news that we have approval for EU-wide rules on whistleblower protection."

February 20, 2019 - U.S. Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Awards Increase in 2018
The IRS Whistleblower Office released its annual report on awards under the program, showing 217 awards in 2018 for a total exceeding $300 million.

February 11, 2019 - IRS Reports Ten-Fold Increase in Tax Whistleblower Awards: $312 Million
Lee Martin -- just issued its FY 2018 annual report and announced that the IRS collected $1.441 billion in taxes, penalties and interest from big-time tax cheats in FY 2018 thanks to information provided by whistleblowers.

February 4, 2019 - Appeals Court would not give stay to DOJ for response, DOJ failed to respond
The Eleventh Circuit United States Appeals Court, in the case number 18-15066, would not grant the Department of Justice a stay, due Jan. 29th, 2019, to file a response made by Roy J. Meidinger, an IRS Whistleblower, instead of ruling on the case it changed the venue and moved the case to the D.C. Appeals Court, which revues WhistleBlower cases.

January 8, 2019 - BankThink AML enforcement needs more whistleblowers
Had the whistleblowers behind the Panama and Paradise Papers pursued awards with the IRS, they could potentially stand to receive large sums from resulting tax evasion investigations, audits or prosecutions, if the U.S. is able to recover funds that should have been paid into the Treasury.

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.

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