Although taxes are not normally a cause for celebration, they are at Bracker & Marcus LLC. That’s because tax fraud is one of the many types of fraud that rewards whistleblowers!
The IRS Whistleblower Law, like the False Claims Act, awards 15 to 30% of the proceeds of any recovery. However, the process by which an IRS Whistleblower reports the fraud is very different from the qui tam Relator. For example, instead of filing a case in federal court, the reports are handled by the IRS Whistleblower Office and appeals are handled through the Tax Court. Moreover, whereas the False Claims Act allows us to litigate on behalf of the government if the case is declined, only the IRS can decide to prosecute tax fraud.
The IRS Whistleblower Law also contains monetary thresholds that the False Claims Act does not. In other words, if a recovery is too small, you may not be entitled to a share. Because of the specialized skills required to handle these unique types of cases, it is always a good idea to contact a qualified attorney for assistance.
Happy Tax Day!