Experienced IRS Tax Fraud Lawyers
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto obtained the world’s largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Whistleblower Reward for an Individual
Why choose Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto as your IRS tax fraud lawyers?
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s tax fraud lawyers have successfully represented several IRS whistleblowers and tax evasion whistleblowers, including the largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud Whistleblower, Bradley Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld disclosed illegal offshore Swiss banking that resulted in over $5 billion recovered for U.S. taxpayers. His information forced Switzerland to change its international treaty with the United States. Switzerland’s largest bank was forced to turn over the names of over 4,900 U.S. citizens who held illegal offshore accounts.
What is the IRS whistleblower program?
Tax whistleblowers who provide information about tax fraud or tax evasion to the Internal Revenue Service can receive rewards. The IRS whistleblower must provide information that is specific and credible. If the IRS uses the information provided by a whistleblower in a successful investigation and recovers monetary sanctions, it can award the whistleblower up to 30 percent of the tax, penalties, and interest it collects.
Federal law provides for two types of awards. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 7623(b) provides for rewards of 15 to 30 percent of the amount collected if the taxes, penalties, interest and other amounts in dispute exceed $2 million, and if the case deals with an individual, his or her annual gross income must be more than $200,000. IRC Section 7623(A) provides for a maximum award of 15% for those cases that do not meet the dollar thresholds of $2 million in dispute or cases involving individual taxpayers with a gross income of less than $200,000.
To get a comprehensive list of the frequently asked questions on the IRS Whistleblower reward program please visit IRS Whistleblower Reward Program FAQ.
Anonymous whistleblowers, identified only as Whistleblower 21276-13W and Whistleblower 21277-13W, were represented by a team of attorneys including KKC partner Stephen M. Kohn. These tax fraud whistleblowers were entitled to a reward of $17,791,607.00, based in part on $54 million obtained in criminal fines and civil forfeitures for which the IRS had illegally claimed were outside the whistleblower reward program.
The FY 2018 report on the IRS Whistleblower Program stated the IRS had collected a record-breaking $1.441 billion in taxes, penalties and interest, thanks to the information provided by whistleblowers. This amount was up from $190 million the previous year. The IRS reported that whistleblowers received $312 million in awards – an increase from $33 million in awards provided the past year.
These eye-blinking numbers of dollars collected and awards given in the recent IRS annual report is the best news of the year for whistleblowers and taxpayers. The IRS whistleblower program is now working and working remarkably well. Whistleblowers represented by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto accounted for nearly $725 million of the tax dollars brought into the Treasury through the IRS whistleblower program this past year. KKC clients received $158 million of the $312 million in awards announced by the IRS.
IRS whistleblower rewards paid
In 2018, the IRS Whistleblower Office recovered over $1.4 billion from whistleblower cases and paid over $312 million in awards to whistleblowers. 2018 was a record year for the IRS Whistleblower Program, which has rewarded more than $800 million to whistleblowers since 2007. The $312 million in whistleblower rewards was a ten-fold increase from the $33.9 million paid in 2017.
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If you have knowledge of Tax Fraud and would like your information reviewed by an experienced whistleblower reward attorney, please contact us.