Tax Evasion Whistleblower
Report Tax Evasion to the IRS with the Help of an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney
Tax evasion costs the U.S. government hundreds of billions of dollars per year. As a result, combating tax evasion is a top federal law enforcement priority, and the IRS relies heavily on whistleblowers to help it identify noncompliant taxpayers. If you have information about income tax evasion, employment tax evasion, or any other type of tax evasion or tax fraud, it is important that you speak with an experienced tax evasion attorney about coming forward.
Do You Have Confidential Information About Tax Evasion?
The federal tax code is extraordinarily complex. Individual and corporate taxpayers may all have a wide range of reporting and payment obligations—and, if they fail to meet these obligations, they can be held liable for back taxes, interest, and penalties. If a taxpayer intentionally underreports or underpays its federal tax liability, the taxpayer can face criminal prosecution as well.
While the IRS aggressively targets all types of taxpayers for tax evasion, its resources are limited. As a result, it relies on private citizens—including employees of corporate taxpayers—to come forward when they have information about violations of the federal tax code. Whistleblowers are entitled to have their identities held in confidence, and federal law protects whistleblowers against retaliation when necessary.
Do you have confidential information about tax evasion (or possible tax evasion)? If you do, we strongly encourage you to speak with a whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. We can help you decide whether to come forward; and, if you choose to do so, we can represent you throughout the process.
Experienced Legal Representation for Tax Evasion Whistleblowers Nationwide
We represent whistleblowers nationwide. If you have information about tax evasion, we can represent you throughout the process of working with the IRS. Our attorneys handle all types of whistleblower claims filed with the IRS, including (but not limited to):
- Corporate and individual income tax evasion (including both underreporting and underpayment)
- Employment tax evasion (including improperly claiming the Employee Retention Credit)
- Estate and gift tax evasion
- Tax evasion involving foreign financial assets and offshore bank accounts
- Cryptocurrency-related tax evasion
When you choose Oberheiden P.C., all information you share will be held in strict confidence unless and until you decide to move forward with contacting the IRS. We typically represent our whistleblower clients on a contingency-fee basis. With contingency-fee representation, you pay nothing out-of-pocket, and your legal fees (if any) will be calculated as a percentage of your whistleblower award if your claim results in a successful IRS enforcement action.
Filing a Whistleblower Claim with the IRS for Tax Evasion
Unfortunately, blowing the whistle on tax evasion is not a simple matter of contacting the IRS. Tax evasion whistleblowers must follow specific disclosure procedures, and they must be prepared to work with the IRS during its investigation. At a minimum, whistleblowers must be able to provide the following information:
- A written narrative explaining the issues underlying the whistleblower’s allegations of tax evasion;
- Documentation that supports the allegations in the whistleblower’s written narrative (i.e., copies of corporate books and records, account statements, receipts, or emails;
- A description of any documentation known to the whistleblower that is not currently in the whistleblower’s possession;
- Disclosure of the whistleblower’s relationship (if any) to the subject of its whistleblower complaint (i.e., as a current or former employee or contractor); and,
- A signed declaration under penalty of perjury (under federal regulations, a legal representative cannot sign on a whistleblower’s behalf).
In all cases, tax evasion whistleblowers must allege a violation (or multiple violations) involving at least $2 million in disputed tax liability. In cases involving individuals, the individual’s gross income must also exceed $200,000 for at least one of the tax years in which the alleged tax evasion was committed.
Another key aspect of filing a whistleblower claim with the IRS is timing. As noted above, to qualify for the federal whistleblower protections, you must provide qualifying information to the IRS before the agency takes action on its own. You must also be the first to provide the information to the IRS. With this in mind, if you believe you may have information about tax evasion and are considering a whistleblower claim, we strongly recommend that you speak with a attorney as soon as possible.
How Our Attorneys Help Tax Evasion Whistleblowers
Our attorneys assist tax evasion whistleblowers with all aspects of dealing with the IRS and securing whistleblower compensation awards. This includes (but is not limited to):
1. Determining if You Qualify as a Tax Evasion Whistleblower
Before you submit any information to the IRS, it is imperative to determine if you qualify as a whistleblower. Our attorneys can help you make this determination so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps.
2. Preparing IRS Form 211
If you qualify as a whistleblower, you must file your claim using IRS Form 211. Our attorneys can prepare this form for you so that you do not inadvertently omit or misstate any of the information you wish to share with the IRS.
3. Submitting Your Supporting Documentation to the IRS
Along with preparing IRS Form 211, we can also prepare all of your supporting documentation to submit to the IRS. This is a key step in the process, so experienced legal representation is extremely important.
4. Working with the IRS During Its Investigation
Once you file your allegations of tax evasion, you will need to be prepared to work with the IRS during its investigation. Our attorneys can work with the IRS on your behalf while advising you throughout the IRS’s investigative process.
5. Answering Your Questions Throughout the Process
In addition to working with the IRS on your behalf and advising you throughout the agency’s investigation, your lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., will also be available to answer any questions you may have. We encourage our clients to get in touch, and we prioritize getting back to our clients as soon as possible.
FAQs: Hiring an Attorney to Represent You as a Tax Evasion Whistleblower
What Constitutes Federal Tax Evasion?
Under 26 U.S.C. Section 7201, tax evasion is broadly defined as “attempt[ing] in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by [the Internal Revenue Code].” The IRS targets individuals and corporate entities for all forms of tax evasion, from underreporting taxable income to falsely claiming payroll deductions and failing to disclose offshore accounts.
Can I Get in Trouble for Reporting Tax Evasion to the IRS?
If you qualify as a whistleblower, your employer cannot legally retaliate against you for reporting tax evasion to the IRS. Additionally, whistleblowers generally will not be at risk of facing enforcement action from the IRS as long as they come forward promptly. With that said, some employers still retaliate, and individuals who voluntarily share information with the IRS can face scrutiny in some cases. With this in mind, you will want to seek legal advice before moving forward.
How Do I Report Tax Evasion to the IRS?
If you believe that you have information about tax evasion, serving as a whistleblower begins with filing IRS Form 211. However, before you file this form, you must ensure that you can provide all required information, and you must be able to provide adequate supporting documentation as well. To ensure that you firmly establish your status as a whistleblower (and do not unnecessarily put yourself at risk), you should consult with an attorney before providing any information to the IRS.
Will I Receive Whistleblower Compensation for Reporting Tax Evasion?
Whistleblowers who report tax evasion to the IRS can receive compensation awards if the information they supply leads to a successful enforcement action. But, minimum thresholds apply, and there are several steps involved in establishing your right to whistleblower compensation. As a result, experienced legal representation is critical, and you will want to speak with a tax evasion whistleblower lawyer as soon as possible.
The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 established the IRS’s whistleblower program. In 2019, the Taxpayer First Act updated the program to establish additional rights for tax evasion whistleblowers. Whistleblowers who work with the IRS can receive up to 30% of the amount it recovers as a result of the information they provide, and they are entitled to other protections as well.
Should I Hire a Lawyer as a Tax Evasion Whistleblower?
If you are thinking about blowing the whistle on tax evasion, it is in your interests to hire a federal whistleblower lawyer to represent you. You need to ensure that you are making informed decisions, and an experienced lawyer will be able to guide you every step of the way.
Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation with a Whistleblower Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
If you would like to know more about what is involved in reporting tax evasion to the IRS, we invite you to get in touch. Please call 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online to schedule a free and confidential consultation at Oberheiden P.C.