[Ed Note: This post is being reprinted in its entirety by request of the author, attorney Evy Brown. Evy runs whistlewatch.org, a whistleblower advocacy group that we fully support. Because our firm devotes much of its energies to whistleblower case, we are deeply concerned by the proposal. Our IRS whistleblower, SEC whistleblower and state and federal false claims act cases all depend on whistleblowers. If anything, whistleblowers need more protection, not less rights.
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Tax Fraud Not a Priority for IRS as Whistleblower Program is Gutted-Public Comment Urgently Needed
by Evy Brown
The whistleblower program at the IRS is in danger of being gutted. This means tax cheats will continue to be able to defraud the government and place a higher tax burden on the working class. Rule changes are afoot at the IRS that will harm the public. As tax payers, we all have a vested interest in the outcome of how the IRS creates rules and processes reports of fraud that allow tax cheats ways to rip off the people and avoid detection. The general public should be screaming from the rooftops that the IRS shall to do it’s job processing reports of tax fraud in a more timely manner and whistleblowers shall be rewarded for exposing tax fraud. Tax fraud cheats must be exposed and prosecuted. Please send your public comments to the IRS!
We reprint the below urgent announcement from our colleagues at the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) and a letter to the IRS from our tax attorney expert, Partick Carmody, Esq.
The IRS is on the verge of crippling its whistleblower program!
- Severely restrict the scope of the IRS Whistleblower Program by excluding large categories of tax-related violations
- Prohibit whistleblowers for collecting an award on technical grounds even if the IRS would never have discovered the tax fraud without the whistleblowers’ information
- Severely limit the size of whistleblower awards by setting the default award percentage to the smallest possible allowed under law
- Fail to require the IRS to act on whistleblower claims, allowing whistleblower claims to linger for years without resolution or oversight
These types of roadblocks and disqualifications have been discredited. With your help, for example, we successfully fought the SEC’s attempts at similar restrictions.
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