IRS Whistleblower Law

What is the Tax Whistleblower Program?

Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, the IRS Whistleblower Office pays money to whistleblowers who report individuals or companies who owe taxes. If the IRS uses information provided by the whistleblower, the whistleblower is entitled to compensation of up to 30% of the additional tax collected. The act also provides for whistleblower confidentiality.

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IRS Whistleblower Compensation under the Tax Relief & Health Care Act

The Tax Relief and Health Care Act provides for different levels of whistleblower compensation, depending on the amount in question. If the corporation:

  • Owes more than $2 million (or individual earns more than $200,000 annually) – IRS will pay the whistleblower 15-30% of the amount collected. If the whistleblower disagrees with the outcome of the claim, he or she can appeal to the Tax Court.
  • Owes less than $2 million (or individual earns less than $200,000 annually) – The maximum whistleblower award is 15% of the recovered amount, up to $10 million. If the whistleblower disagrees with the outcome of these claims, he or she cannot appeal.

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IRS Whistleblower Claims under the Tax Relief & Health Care Act

Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act, all information provided to the IRS is confidential. The IRS can only disclose whether the case is open or closed, and cannot disclose whether action was taken. A claim under the Act can be denied if:

  • The IRS already had access to the information from another source
  • An audit is conducted but no tax liability is found
  • Tax liability is found but the taxpayer successfully appeals the ruling
  • The taxpayer cannot pay what is owed

Our IRS Whistleblower Attorneys

Eric Gibbs

Eric prosecutes financial fraud and other mass torts matters. He has recovered billions of dollars for clients and led high profile class actions.

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Dylan Hughes

Dylan concentrates his practice on investigating and prosecuting fraud matters on behalf of whistleblowers, consumers, and employees.

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Amy Zeman

Amy has built a reputation in the plaintiffs’ bar for delivering results to consumers and sexual assault survivors in class actions and mass torts.

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Aaron Blumenthal

Aaron represents consumers, employees, and whistleblowers in class actions and other complex litigation.

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About Us

Gibbs Law Group is a California-based law firm committed to protecting the rights of clients nationwide who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. We represent individuals, whistleblowers, employees, and small businesses across the U.S. against the world’s largest corporations. Our award-winning lawyers have achieved landmark recoveries and over a billion dollars for our clients in high-stakes class action and individual cases involving consumer protection, data breach, digital privacy, and federal and California employment lawsuits. Our attorneys have received numerous honors for their work, including “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Top Class Action Attorneys Under 40,” “Consumer Protection MVP,” “Best Lawyers in America,” and “Top Cybersecurity/ Privacy Attorneys Under 40.”
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