The IRS Whistleblower Office released it FY 2018 Report to Congress today.  The report comes out one year after Congress amended section 7623 in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which clarified the definition of proceeds includes non-Title 26 amounts such as criminal fines, civil forfeitures, and violations of reporting requirements.  This change in the

The Tax Court’s opinion in Whistleblower 21276-13W v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 4 (2016), was a clear and decisive win for whistleblowers.  The IRS has long been improperly trying to limit what should be included in “collected proceeds” and today’s opinion restores Congress’s intention that all proceeds that are collected be included in the

Today we saw another example of an employee (of Viacom) protecting her rights as a tax whistleblower under the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) and Dodd-Frank Acts*.   In a nutshell, retaliation against an employee of a company that is subject to these securities laws for whistleblowing is illegal.  For this reason we have been including language in our

Whistleblower Office FY 2014 Annual Report Released, What Did We Learn?

Key Points from the Body of the Report

  • Final Regulations were a “top priority” and added “necessary clarification and provided additional guidance for whistleblower submissions under 7623.”(p. 4).  The report also notes that “the regulations confirm that the director, officers, and employees of the

The office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) issued a press release yesterday announcing that the Senator had received a response from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to questions Senator Grassley had submitted to the record after a February hearing on the IRS budget.  Senator Grassley’s question is presented below in three parts with Commissioner Koskinen’s responses

Last week Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to John Koskinen, former chairman of Freddie Mac, congratulating him on his nomination as the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.  After congratulations were out of the way, Senator Grassley got right down to business by asking for Koskinen’s help in encouraging the IRS to