The IRS released two documents today on their website, Commissioner Koskinen Statement regarding Whistleblower Program and Deputy Commissioner for Service and Enforcement Memorandum.  

The Commissioner’s statement reaffirmed his commitment and support of the IRS Whistleblower Program.  The Commissioner says that he is “committed to expanding the program’s reach and improving communications with existing and

The Tax Court held that it has jurisdiction to review the IRS’s whistleblower claims award determinations where the informant has alleged that they provided significant information to the IRS before and after December 20, 2006, the effective date of section 7623(b).  Whistleblower 11332-13W v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. No. 21, is a continuation of one

Judge Kroupa of the U.S. Tax Court issued three memorandum opinions on Tuesday concerning whether or not the whistleblowers in those cases could proceed anonymously under Rule 345(a).  All three memorandum opinions, T.C. Memo 2014-92, T.C. Memo 2014-93, and T.C. Memo 2014-94 were in favor of the whistleblower’s motion to proceed anonymously.

There seems to be a trend of interpreting SOX in a way that extends the whistleblower protections to a widening circle of persons. Most recently, a judge in Eastern District of Pennsylvania had allowed a retaliation lawsuit under SOX against non-publicly traded subsidiary of a publicly traded corporation to proceed after examining the agency relationship

The IRS Whistleblower Office has released its Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013.  We had a good year with the IRS Whistleblower Program because they paid one of our clients a $38 million award, but overall the report certainly shows that there is a lot of room for improvement.  While fiscal

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lawson v. FMR LLC on March 4, 2014.  This case looked at whether the whistleblower protection provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley, found at 18 U.S.C. § 1514A, protect the employees of a privately held contractor or subcontractor that provides services to a public corporation.  The opinion expressly

Director Whitlock spoke along with Christopher Ehrman, the Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s whistleblower program, and Sean McKessy, the Director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program, at a webinar put on by the ABA Criminal Justice Section and Center for Professional Development.  During this webinar, Director Whitlock gave a bit of

An order issued yesterday by the U.S. Tax Court in the case of Albert G. Hill, III v. Commisioner of Internal Revenue (No. 25539-10W) gave the Whistleblower (who is the Petitioner in the case) access to documents in the administrative file of the taxpayer who was the subject of a whistleblower claim. The order is

Last year we wrote about several welcomed memoranda issued by the IRS Whistleblower Office on June 7, 2013.  These memoranda outlined temporary changes and expired a year after issuance.  The new memoranda are simply reissuances of the memoranda that were released last year and are set to expire on June 7, 2014.  While these memoranda