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Senator Sessions Questioned on Whistleblowers

sessionsconfirmationAG Nominee Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017.  During his confirmation hearing President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, was questioned on his position on whistleblowers.  The Justice Department manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law.… Continue Reading

Swiss Bank Program Sees Final Resolutions

Swiss bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld.On December 29, 2016, the Justice Department announced that it had reached the final resolutions under the Swiss Bank Program. The Swiss Bank Program was put in place after a massive tax evasion scheme at Swiss bank UBS was exposed by Bradley Birkenfeld. The former international banker and wealth manager with UBS recently released Lucifer’s … Continue Reading

Inspector General Recommends Improvements for IRS Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower Program needs improvementsOn August 30, 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program. The IRS Whistleblower Program plays an important role providing an avenue for reporting tax evasion. Between 2011 and 2016, the IRS collected more than $2 billion because of information provided by whistleblowers.  However, … Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Office Featured in Congressional Update

IRS Whistleblower Office Featured in Congressional UpdateThe IRS Whistleblower Office was highlighted in the December issue of the IRS Congressional Update, attached. The article gives a brief overview of the whistleblower process and refers readers to Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information. IRC Section 7623(b), Whistleblower Rules, and IRC Section 7623(a), Informant Claims Program, are also referenced in the … Continue Reading

Press Statement – Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar Award

Whistleblower Program needs improvementsAttorneys Stephen Kohn and Dean Zerbe are pleased to announce today that a joint client – who wishes to remain anonymous – received a whistleblower award under the new IRS whistleblower award program of $11.6 million dollars. “We greatly appreciate the IRS recognizing the work of this whistleblower and for making this significant, major award. … Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Program Releases 2014 Report to Congress

Whistleblower Program needs improvementsOn July 6, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Office released its Report to Congress for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. According to the report, in 2014 the Whistleblower Office received more claim submissions than in any other year. The total claims received in 2014 were 14,365, an increase of 3,845 compared to FY 2013. … Continue Reading

CNBC Features UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld

UBS Whistleblower Bradley BirkenfeldBradley Birkenfeld, former UBS banker turned whistleblower tells his story in an article released today by CNBC’s Eamon Javers. Why did the US pay this former Swiss banker $104M? is accompanied by several short videos of the the interview Javers conducted with Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld is the world’s largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Whistleblower. He … Continue Reading

Swiss Bank Whistleblowers To Take Part in OffshoreAlert Conference

swissbankingThe Wall Street Journal reports that Swiss bank whistleblowers Bradley Birkenfeld and Hervé Falciani are schedule to take part in a panel discussion at the OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami Beach May 3-5. The panel entitled “Inside the UBS & HSBC Leaks,” will take participants  “inside the UBS and HSBC leaks and discuss issues material to … Continue Reading

French Unions Demand Whistleblower Protection for Employees

bradely-birkenfeldOn March 3, twenty associations and unions in France sent an open letter to President Francois Hollande to demand protection status for employees whistleblowers that for many end up isolated and unemployed.  France, has five whistleblower laws – three of which date back to 2013 – the legislation is fragmented and disparate. Without comprehensive definition … Continue Reading

European Press Cover USB Whistleblower’s Role in French Investigation

Birkenfeld1UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld who assisted the U.S. in its successful prosecution of Swiss bank UBS AG for aiding U.S. citizens to commit tax evasion, is currenlty in France assisting with a similar investigation. Birkenfeld traveled to Paris last week to comply with French subpoena requiring him to testify against UBS AG. Mr. Birkenfeld’s importance to … Continue Reading

Birkenfeld Files Motion Asking for Early Termination of Probation

CNBC reports that UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld filed a motion today with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida asking for his three-year probation to be terminated early, or modified.  Read the article Why this Swiss bank whistleblower can’t leave US by Eamon Javers. Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto represented Mr. Birkenfeld, the world’s … Continue Reading

Senators advise IRS to be more receptive to whistleblowers

In an editorial published yesterday in Politico Magazine, Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley criticize the IRS whistleblower program. The editorial, “Will the IRS Ever Listen?” states that the backlog on cases is too long and that the IRS needs to better manage its relationships with whistleblowers.  They point out that 799 whistleblower claims made … Continue Reading
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