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Every year it is estimated hundreds of billions in tax obligations are underreported and underpaid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Whistleblowers who provide specific and credible information about tax fraud or tax underpayments that leads the IRS to recover at least $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties are entitled to an award of between 15% and 30% of the amount recovered.
Any individual, including non-U.S. citizens, can be a whistleblower under the IRS Whistleblower Program. To receive an award, the person wishing to expose the tax violation must meet several conditions to qualify for the program.
Important Information for IRS Whistleblowers
Recently, the IRS Whistleblower Program published its annual report for the fiscal year 2020. According to the report, whistleblowers received awards exceeding $86 million last year. And, since 2007, the IRS Whistleblower Program recovered over $6.14 billion in unpaid taxes. Assuming whistleblower awards of 20% of the proceeds, that could be roughly $1.2 billion in IRS whistleblower awards for turning in tax cheats.
Brown, LLC is an accomplished law firm that handles IRS whistleblower claims. As a qui tam law firm led by a former FBI Special Agent and Legal Advisor, we have recovered millions for our clients and tens of millions for the government. If you have credible allegations that a business or individual is committing tax fraud, you may be entitled to a significant reward and should speak with an IRS whistelblower lawyer to learn your rights.
Additionally, certain states like New York and Illinois allow for private individuals to file claims on behalf of the state against individuals cheating against state tax obligations. The New York Tax Fraud statute and the Illinois False Claims Act are unique statutes that permit significant recoveries for state tax fraud. The lawyers at Brown, LLC are licensed in both jurisdictions as well as many others, and handle cases nationwide.
In order to qualify for a reward, you must provide information on tax fraud or tax underpayments that total $2 million or more in combined taxes, penalties, and interest.
To qualify for a reward where the reported tax fraud is committed by an individual, that individual’s annual income must exceed $200,000.
The reward ranges between 15-30% of the amount the IRS collects and depends on the quality of proof that you present to the IRS
Here are three most essential conditions you need to know:
Good IRS whistleblower cases primarily include whistleblowers having insider information and extensive documentation to support their claims.
The Internal Revenue Service awards whistleblowers who provide credible information that businesses and individuals are cheating their tax obligations and with the use of an IRS whistleblower lawyer you could potentially remain anonymous. Tax cheats do so in many ways such as underreporting earnings, tax evasion, creating bogus deductions, hiding money and assets, and a variety of other ways in which tax cheats scheme. To be entitled to an award, the information must be original and signed under penalty of perjury, and the disputed tax amount must exceed $2 million or relate to an individual taxpayer whose annual income exceeds $200,000.
Even though there are a number of tax fraud schemes, good IRS tax whistleblower cases generally involve one or more of the following three tax scenarios:
It occurs when a taxpayer, intentionally or negligently, fails to file a tax return on time.
It occurs when a taxpayer understates their income or overstates their deductions, exemptions and credits on their return.
It occurs when a taxpayer files their return but fails to pay the sum due on time.
Choosing The Right IRS Whistleblower Attorney
Tax fraud whistleblower cases are complex. To maximize your tax reward, you should always seek legal advice from an experienced IRS whistleblower attorney.
The IRS pays awards only to those individuals who are first to file a whistleblower claim. This means that if you file your whistleblower claim even one day after another whistleblower files the same case, you may miss out on your whistleblower reward. Hence, if you are thinking about blowing the whistle, you should speak with our firm right away.
The 2020 IRS annual report, discussed above, highlighted some of the pitfalls facing unsuspecting whistleblowers reporting tax fraud to the IRS, if reported in the wrong way; thus, the use of a whistleblower law firm is integral. In 2020, over 11,000 whistleblower claims were denied for a range of reasons, including (1) incomplete whistleblower form, (2) speculative or non-credible allegations, (3) being outside the statute of limitations. Additionally, cases can take years to process, since the IRS does not pay awards associated with a claim until there is a final determination of proceeds. A skilled IRS whistleblower law firm can help avoid the negative outcomes, maximize the chances for resolution of your claims, and expedite the process.
Brown, LLC’s track record of taking on major corporations and the firm’s national reach make us a valuable advocate to have on your side, if you choose to blow the whistle.
If you have information about a tax law violation that you are considering reporting, call us at 1 (877) 561-0000 to speak with a law firm that handles IRS whistleblower cases across the nation and learn your rights.
100 Million Dollar Settlement Fund for Women Injured by a New Birth Control Product
Jason T. Brown was the first attorney in the country to file a battery of cases on behalf of women who sustained blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and death from a new Birth control Product. Jason T. Brown’s prior firm was on the PSC (Plaintiff Steering Committee) and served as liaison counsel in the state mass tort action. The firm is no longer accepting new cases.
Tens of Millions in Settlements for Mass Tort Injuries and Class Actions
$7 Million Plus Settlement for Consumer Fraud
$7 Million Dollar Commercial Litigation Settlement
Millions in Settlements for Women Injured by New Generation Hormonal Product
Women who sustained blood clots from a new Generation Hormonal Product received and continue to receive compensation for their injuries. Compensable injuries include Pulmonary Embolisms (PE), Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Strokes and Death. The firm is still investigating and accepting cases.
Nationwide $3.5 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of at home call center workers who were not paid for all their time worked including boot up time, technical time and other time. Workers were told by the company that boot up time which lasted 15 minutes or more was not paid because it was considered their commute to work. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
$3.2 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of workers who were misclassified as salaried exempt from overtime. The employer led employees to believe that they had to work unlimited hours over 40 without overtime compensation even though based on their job duties it was alleged they were entitled to overtime pay.
$2.4 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action
Lawsuit was brought as a class action on behalf of workers who worked in excess of 40 hours a week and were not paid overtime. The employer was forcing them to work “off the clock” for those hours and failed to pay proper overtime compensation.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for False Claims Act (Whistleblower Case)
“$2 Million Dollar False Claims Act (FCA) Settlement – Unnecessary Services”
A case against GenomeDx was brought alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the California Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act regarding unnecessary services such as the testing of tissues that did not need to be tested. The case resulted in a $350,000 whistleblower award.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for Truck Accident Victim
Our firm was Of Counsel to a serious truck accident case involving a trucking accident with multiple injuries.
Nationwide $1.3 Million Judgment against Future Income Payments and Scott Kohn for Consumer Fraud
Scott Kohn and Future Income Payments conspired to defraud veterans out of their hard earned pensions by offering them loans at loanshark rates and claiming it was a “purchase” not a loan.
$1.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Case
Misclassified employees under the FLSA were not paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40. Due to a confidentiality agreement specific details are intentionally omitted.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Employment Litigation
Judgment for misclassification under the FLSA including maximum damages under State and Federal Laws, plus an incentive fee for the lead plaintiff with attorney fees paid separately. The case involved a worker who was paid a day rate regardless of the amount of hours worked per day and per week.
Class Action Jury Trial
Workers alleged that they were misclassified according to their job duties. The Defendant claimed an administrative exemption under the FLSA and state law. Misclassification cases under the FLSA are the cases most often tried due to non-monetary considerations. Jury Trial lasted three weeks. Settlement offered in lieu of appeal.
Acquittal at Trial
Despite videotaped evidence that the prosecutor alleged incriminated the defendant, Mr. Brown was able to obtain an acquittal at trial for his client. Please note, that while we, the Brown, LLC will provide consultations in defense matters, the firm spends most of its time litigating complex litigation such as class actions, mass torts and catastrophic injuries.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Wage & Hour Dispute
Wage & Hour dispute on behalf of hourly employees who were not paid time and a half for hours in excess of 40. Employees were granted double damages for all their time with attorney fees and costs paid separately.
Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Workers were compelled to come into work 15 minutes early to set up, but were not paid for their set up time. Gap issues aside, workers received double damages for the time worked for 3 years’ worth of pay with attorney fees paid separately.
This is a non-exhaustive list of prior results and successes of Jason T. Brown and the Brown, LLC. Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
For more information about each award see Awards & Accolades – All cases involve Jason T. Brown and/ or Brown, LLC
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