IRS whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, a partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, is featured in a Bloomberg Tax article today that highlights the timely signing of a new IRS reform bill, the Taxpayer First Act. The report uses the struggles one IRS whistleblower has endured with the current IRS whistleblower program and the long wait for any news about his IRS whistleblower award claim. Whistleblowers and their attorneys have long complained about the program’s lack of communication, which Kohn refers to as the “Black Hole of Calcutta.”
Kohn, who successfully represented Swiss banking whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld in obtaining the largest individual qui tam whistleblower reward for exposing IRS tax fraud (104 million), believes the lack of communication in the IRS program has devastated past whistleblowers’ chances of getting an award and hinders the IRS’s investigation process.
“The whistleblower’s your number one source. They can answer questions. They can cut through the maze. They can explain all the connections between the people. You want the complete flow of information,” Kohn, as quoted in the Bloombergarticle.
The Taxpayer First Act was first introduced to the House on March 28, 2019. It contains numerous provisions that are designed to improve the process and to protect whistleblowers who file under the IRS program.
The Act passed through the House and Congress and is scheduled to be signed today by President Trump.