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U.S. Tax Court just gave a big win to whistleblowers in an IRS case dealing with “collected proceeds”. The opinion includes broad and sweeping definitions which includes criminal fines

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The IRS estimates the annual tax gap to be $406 billion, based on data from 2008-2010.

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Wherever you go, there they are; misplaced priorities.

This is how they spend their enforcement resources in the UK.

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The United States Tax Court considered a whistleblower-initiated case this week in which the IRS collected a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) civil penalty “substantially in excess of $2,000,000 and a small amount of restitution."

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One of the critical elements of the IRS whistleblower law (26 USC 7623) is the provision — (7623(b)(4)) — that allows the whistleblower to go to Tax Court for review of an IRS decision on their case. By providing that whistleblowers can go to Tax Court – Congress ensured that whistleblowers are not at the mercy of the IRS as to receiving an award. 

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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. 

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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.     

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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. 

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 "I’ll continue to look for progress and even more evidence that the IRS is offering a welcome mat to whistleblowers.”

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