Retaliation Protection Rests On How The Whistle Is Blown

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported in 2009 that retaliation against Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers was a concern and that Congress should include anti-retaliation provisions for IRS whistleblowers. Congress has not implemented the suggested provision.

The IRS Whistleblower Office will do its best to assure that a whistleblower's identity remains confidential, but the IRS admits that its commitment cannot be ironclad — it may reveal the whistleblower's identity if necessary. And there is always the potential for rogue investigators as demonstrated by the charges leveled at Dennis Lerner, a former IRS investigator alleged to have revealed the identity...

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