Posts Tagged ‘IRS’

Is the IRS Discouraging Whistleblowers From Coming Forward?

The IRS might be hampering its own whistleblower program by not implementing policies and procedures to incentivize whistleblower rewards. Since 2007, the IRS Whistleblower Program has helped collect $3.6 billion, from which whistleblowers received anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent of the proceeds of an individual funds recovery. Read More…


Don’t Fall for IRS Phone Scam

Terry on phone scams

James Hoyer Senior Partner Terry Smiljanich offering advice on what to do about phone scams on Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13.

James Hoyer Law Firm Senior Partner Terry Smiljanich shared his expertise on how to spot a phone scam with Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13.  A former federal prosecutor, Smiljanich was among the many recently targeted by a pervasive IRS phone scam, where a person calls you saying  you owe money to the IRS and warns that  you  better call back or you could end up in a “legal mess.”

Smiljanich decided to call back to see what would happen.  The scammer quickly became confrontational, and, as you can imagine, Smiljanich was having none of it.  He describes how the call went:

“He got real aggressive and he said if you don’t give me the name of your lawyer, the Federal Marshals will be at your door in two hours. I said, ‘Well, let me tell you something, pal. I don’t need a lawyer. I am a lawyer and I used to be a Federal Prosecutor. Those words got out of my mouth and there was a click on the phone.”

A caller becoming aggressive and demanding money or action on your part is the sure sign of a scam. Your best defense is to hang up and report the call to the Federal Trade Commission.

Click here to read more about the IRS phone scam and what you can do about it.


Whistleblowers Make a Difference, Study Finds

Whistleblower Case StudyA study released last week by the Social Science Research Network proves what False Claims Act attorneys have known all along: whistleblowers matter.

Four researchers evaluated penalties for misrepresentation from the Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission from 1978 to 2012.  The researchers controlled several factors and then compared cases that involved whistleblowers and those that did not. Read More…


IRS expands whistleblower awards

Senator Chuck Grassley

The IRS recently expanded awards given to relators under the IRS whistleblower program; thereby encouraging more taxpayers to come forward to report wrongdoing. The online version of the regulations are available here.

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