More Can Be Done To Encourage Tax Whistleblowers

Law360 (March 20, 2018, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Recent changes by Congress should provide more incentives for tipsters to report potential tax fraud, but further improvements such as being more transparent, implementing confidentiality agreements, adding anti-retaliation provisions and working with state agencies could help make the IRS whistleblower program even more effective.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, approved by Congress in February, amended whistleblower laws to expand the kinds of Internal Revenue Service enforcement actions that can yield awards.

The changes under the budget act ensure tax tipsters can be rewarded based on criminal fines and civil penalties collected by the IRS as well as violations of requirements to...

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