Blogs Posts About IRS
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) has issued a report that says lack of IRS whistleblower communication is one of the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers. They urge the agency to revise regulations so administrative proceedings can start at an earlier date.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds widespread problems with the IRS Whistleblower Program. Despite collecting an additional $2 billion in revenue since 2011, the IRS whistleblower program is marked by procedural delays, whistleblower payment issues, and communication failures to stakeholders.
The law firm of Kenney & McCafferty announced Monday that three IRS whistleblower clients represented by the firm received awards under the IRS Whistleblower Program that returned over $48 million to the U.S. Treasury.
On August 31, 2015, Corporate Crime Reporter announced that an IRS whistleblower received an award totaling $11.6 million for information that led to tens of millions of dollars in recoveries.
"I’ll continue to look for progress and even more evidence that the IRS is offering a welcome mat to whistleblowers.”
There has been quite a bit of news in recent years about US companies “inverting” – companies reincorporating or merging their company abroad to dodge U.S. taxes – and most of that news has centered around the tax avoidance strategy known as Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich. This scheme has allowed some of the most profitable companies in the United States to relocate their corporate headquarters overseas and as a result, avoid billions in taxes.
In a bi-partisan opinion editorial in POLITICO Magazine, former and current Senate Finance Committee Chairmen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) take a punch at the dysfunctional mess that has been the IRS whistleblower program
Some 22 months after a whistleblower filed a case (Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information) with the IRS Whistleblower Office, he/she received a letter saying he/she was "not eligible for an award.”
The whistleblower appealed the decision to tax court in a timely manner. Over six months later, after the whistleblower had appealed to Tax Court, he/she received a letter saying the IRS Whistleblower Office had "made a mistake" and that no reviewable determination had been made.
The IRS is in a billion-dollar transfer tax battle with Medtronic, a company that has been repeatedly nailed under the False Claims Act for Medicare and Medicaid fraud.