Taxpayer First Act Helps Whistleblowers
New Protections Against Employer Retaliation
Awards Exceeded $430 Million In Last Two Years
Based on Fiscal Year 2019 figures just released, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded more than $430 million in 2018-2019 to individual citizens who blew the whistle on tax fraud. Much of the fraud included the use of offshore bank accounts and corporations to avoid tax. If you have information regarding tax fraud, including offshore tax avoidance schemes and violations of foreign bank account reporting requirements, the California and San Francisco whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know how to present your evidence to the IRS with the best chance for you to receive an eventual reward. Call the IRS whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. (415)441-8669, and we can help. Offshore tax fraud may also violate the Bank Secrecy Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) and our attorneys will pursue all possible whistleblower causes of action on your behalf.
Recent legislation extends greater protection against employer retaliation against employees who bring tax fraud to light. (the “Taypayer First Act of 2018” (TFA), H.R. 3151) Under the TFA, a whistleblower is entitled to: reinstatement; double back pay with interest; uncapped “special damages,” which include damages for emotional distress and reputational harm; and attorney fees, litigation costs, and expert witness fees. Our attorneys can represent you against employers who retaliate against you for blowing the whistle on fraud in addition to representing you in your underlying IRS whistleblower application.
Any IRS whistleblower case begins with an application to the Whistleblower Office of the IRS. Our whistleblower attorneys will assist you in completion of the application and in assembling your documentation regarding any alleged fraud. The IRS requires that the information is specific, supported, and credible; not a guess. The program looks for a “significant Federal tax issue,” not small tax mistakes. Typically, insiders/employees are the individuals most likely to have credible information of fraud such as offshore tax avoidance and undeclared foreign bank accounts.
If you have information regarding offshore tax avoidance schemes, violations of foreign bank account reporting requirements, abusive tax shelters, or other tax fraud contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other IRS whistleblower and tax fraud attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our whistleblower attorneys also handle cases involving bank fraud under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA/FIAFEA), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program, the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, False Claims Act cases, the FINRA Whistleblower Office and the California False Claims Act. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.