Under certain circumstances, the IRS and SEC/CFTC whistleblower programs allow whistleblowers to proceed without an attorney. However, beacuse there are important considerations when deciding how to proceed, it is advisable to contact an experienced whistleblower attorney.
Tax fraud occurs when an individual or business engages in illegal schemes to avoid paying taxes mandated by the government. Both civil and criminal penalties may be assessed in tax fraud matters. Equally important however, under the IRS Whistleblower Program, a reward can be collected for any form of tax underpayment, whether it is the result of fraud, reckless disregard, innocent mistake, or some other level of intent. Sophisticated taxpayers often take overly aggressive positions on their tax returns in the hope that the IRS will not challenge their tax position. While many of these overaggressive positions are not fraudulent, they often result in large scale underpayment of taxes.
These cases can be highly complex and require the assistance of an experienced team to ensure that your claim is well researched, well prepared and well presented. Our attorneys represent whistleblowers, both domestically and abroad, who have knowledge of both underpayment and tax fraud committed against the federal government, and our team includes a forensic accountant who is a former IRS Revenue Agent.
Over the last fifteen years, our cases have resulted in recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars by the IRS leading to lucrative rewards for our clients.