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Types of Whistleblower Cases

Tax Fraud Whistleblower

Blowing the Whistle on Tax Underpayment

In 2006, a new law authorized substantial awards to tax whistleblowers. Under the Tax Relief And Health Act of 2006, a tax whistleblower who provides information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about tax fraud or underpayment of taxes, totaling $2 million or more, may qualify for an award of between 15% and 30% of the total recovered by IRS. The tax whistleblower law is not limited solely to intentional fraud. A tax fraud whistleblower may obtain an award from the IRS for reporting any underpayment of taxes, even if the underpayment is the result of mere negligence or innocent calculation error.

The types of issues of interest to the IRS include (but certainly are not limited to) the following:

  • Companies or individuals omitting income from foreign stock exchanges.
  • Companies or individuals transferring assets outside the United States, and using “offshore accounts,” to avoid reporting to the IRS.
  • “Tax shelter” schemes promoted by accountants, tax preparers, or attorneys.
  • Overstating the amount of tax deductions.
  • Falsifying financial documents or ledgers.
  • Claiming false tax deductions.
  • Under-reporting employee income.
  • Paying employees in cash.
  • Keeping two sets of financial records.

Contact Experienced Tax Fraud Whistleblower Lawyers

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 works on the cutting edge of the whistleblower revolution, and 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.