IRS Whistleblower Award

The IRS Whistleblower Office announced August 7th that they finally updated two sections of the Internal Revenue Manual (“IRM”), IRM 25.2.2, Information and Whistleblower Awards – Whistleblower Award and IRM 1.1.26, Organization and Staffing – Whistleblower Office.  The updates, which were made by the IRS “to reflect changes related to the issuance of the

The Tax Court released Whistleblower 21276-13W v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 144 T.C. No. 15 today.  While this decision is positive news for some whistleblowers, it is also a reminder of the importance of following best practices when filing a whistleblower case.

The facts of this case are interesting and a read of the full

If there was ever a question whether IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, believed in the IRS Whistleblower Program, that question was answered affirmatively in his remarks before the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.  At one point, Koskinen even referred to the information provided by whistleblowers as “a godsend.”  The remarks, given September 15th in

The IRS Whistleblower Office renewed its position that awards under section 7623 are subject to the automatic sequester cuts, on its website, stating that:

Pursuant to the requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, whistleblower award payments issued under Internal Revenue Code section 7623 are subject to

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

Congratulations to Brad Birkenfeld for receiving a $104 million award from the IRS for turning in UBS for their offshore banking practices. Kudos to Steve Kohn and Dean Zerbe, his counsel since 2009 on this matter. It appears that Birkenfeld’s award determination was based on the $400 million of “collected proceeds” (tax penalties and interest)

Joseph A. Insinga, retired Rabobank Finance Specialist, filed a petition with the Tax Court arguing that the IRS’s continued refusal to issue a formal determination constitutes a de facto rejection of his claim and appeals this de facto rejection.  This filing details five years of interaction between Mr. Insinga and the IRS and has brought