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Since 2007, the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Program has awarded whistleblowers more than $1 billion for helping the agency collect unpaid taxes. Whistleblower cases have led to the successful collection of $6.14 billion from non-compliant taxpayers.

Tax evasion—the act of not paying taxes that you owe—is widespread.  “One out of every six dollars owed in federal taxes is not paid, ”according to the IRS.

The IRS Whistleblower Program

The IRS Whistleblower Program provides rewards for individuals who report tax fraud, tax evasion, or tax violations.

Whistleblowers who report tax fraud, tax evasion, or tax violations worth at least $2 million can receive 15% to 30% of the total amount recovered by the IRS. “Claims for an award that provide specific and credible information regarding tax underpayments or violations of internal revenue laws and that lead to proceeds collected may qualify for an award,” states the IRS.

Seeking advice from a qualified attorney successful in whistleblower cases is the best strategy to presenting a fraud case to the IRS or the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Tycko & Zavareei LLP Whistleblower Practice has experienced attorneys with continuous success for clients bringing tax fraud cases to the government.  Our attorneys prevail in cases for the following reasons:

  • Deep knowledge of the inner workings of the IRS and DOJ and how each agency’s processes work.
  • Familiarity–we talk their talk. Our litigators have worked inside and outside the federal government. We can easily explain the critical details to prosecutors about the case, its legal background, and the specific fraud alleged.
  • Understanding the urgency and the importance of getting it right. Whistleblowers have ONE SHOT at presenting their case to the IRS or the DOJ. An expert and savvy attorney with in-depth knowledge of the whistleblower process is critical to getting the case accepted.
  • Our attorneys give whistleblowers the prominent voice necessary to be heard and get attention to the fraud.

Types of Tax Fraud

There are many varieties of tax fraud, and the scams can be wide-ranging.  Some examples of tax fraud, tax evasion, or tax law violations can include:

  • Unlawful basis manipulation
  • employment tax fraud
  • tax assessment evasion
  • tax payment evasion
  • excise tax fraud
  • financial institution tax fraud
  • tax evasion using foreign bank accounts
  • fraudulent domestic and foreign trust arrangements
  • health care tax fraud
  • income tax fraud
  • Unlawfully manipulating net operating losses (NOL)
  • non-filers making frivolous objections
  • Tax evasion using offshore trusts
  • organized crime and narcotics trafficking tax fraud
  • overstated deductions and credits
  • property tax fraud
  • public corruption tax fraud
  • sales tax fraud
  • abusive tax schemes
  • abusive tax shelters
  • transfer pricing
  • understated income
  • unreported offshore income
  • unreported income of controlled foreign corporations
  • untaxed branches of foreign corporations in the United States

Whistleblowers with knowledge of new, old, or evolving scams that involve tax fraud, tax evasion, or tax violations should consider reporting the fraud to the government. Tax whistleblower claims are subject to specific legal requirements and procedures that must be followed to preserve your right to a reward. The law firm of Tycko & Zavareei LLP understands the complex issues that tax fraud whistleblowers face. Our whistleblower lawyers are available for free, no-commitment initial consultations.  To start that process, complete our Case Evaluation Form, or call us at (202) 973-0900.

Tell us about the information you have. We will provide you a free consultation.

Relevant Resources:

IRS Whistleblower Office

Federal Tax Compliance Research

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