While the False Claims Act covers a broad variety of fraud on the government, it does not cover tax fraud. Tax fraud is actually covered by a separate law, called the Tax Relief And Health Act of 2006. This law established the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Office, and created a system for blowing the whistle on violations of tax laws that is similar to the federal False Claims Act. Tax whistleblowers that provide information to the IRS Whistleblower Office about the underpayment of taxes, totaling $2 million or more, are entitled to a reward of anywhere between 15% and 30% of the total amount recovered by the IRS.
The Tax Relief and Health Act is not limited to intentional fraud. It applies to any underpayment of federal taxes, even if the underpayment was unintentional; for example, if the underpayment was the result of negligence, or even innocent calculation error. Many different situations exist in which tax fraud or tax underpayment can occur. Some of the issues of interest to the IRS include the following:
Our firm has handled whistleblower matters before the IRS Whistleblower Office, which is located here in Washington, D.C. In complicated tax matters, we have the opportunity to associate with tax specialists, so that the client gets a combination of our whistleblower law experience, alongside the substantive expertise of the tax specialist.
Some states also have procedures for blowing the whistle on underpayment of state taxes. Most notably, the New York False Claims Act authorizes whistleblowers to bring qui tam lawsuits against companies or individuals who engaged in fraud on New York state or local taxing authorities.
Tax whistleblower claims are subject to specific and intricate legal requirements and procedures that must be followed in order to preserve your right to a reward. Here at the law firm of Tycko & Zavareei LLP, we work on the cutting edge of the whistleblower revolution, and understand the complex issues that tax fraud whistleblowers face. To speak with one of our tax fraud attorneys, please fill out our Confidential Case Evaluation form, or call us at (202) 973-0900.
The purpose of this form is to provide basic information that our law firm will use to evaluate your potential qui tam case. We will treat all information you provide through this form as privileged and confidential. If you have any concerns about providing your information through this website, please feel free to call our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 973-0900 to provide your information by telephone, or send your information to our office at 1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Please note that, in general, we only handle cases in which a business or company has committed fraud on the government and the amount of the fraud is at least $1 million.Begin Your Confidential Case Evaluation