Tax fraud is serious business and the IRS is looking for help to crack down on it. Paying IRS whistleblowers a reward is one of the tools the government uses to find and prosecute those cheating on their taxes. And it can be a lucrative business for both the IRS and the 

whistleblowers as they helped the government recover more than $6 billion in 2020.

Becoming a Tax Whistleblower

On this episode of the Taxgirl podcast, Kelly is joined by Gregory Krakower. Gregory is a former senior advisor and counselor for the New York State Attorney General’s office, as well as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School where he teaches whistleblower statutes and corporate fraud.

Listen to Kelly and Gregory talk about IRS whistleblowers:

  • What is a whistleblower?
  • Are whistleblowers protected and rewarded?
  • The reward for IRS whistleblowers
  • Whistleblowers don’t have to prove fraud but do need information
  • What type of information do whistleblowers need to have?
  • The motivation behind IRS whistleblowers
  • The False Claims Act / Lincoln’s Law
  • Qui tam
  • Can a whistleblower bring a lawsuit separately?
  • One of New York’s biggest whistleblower cases
  • Can you sue an accountant for helping a client avoid taxes?
  • How long do whistleblower cases take?
  • How well has the IRS whistleblower provision worked
  • What should potential whistleblowers keep in mind?

More about Kelly:

Kelly Phillips Erb created and hosts the Taxgirl podcast, your home for tax news, tax info, and tax policy. In each episode, she shares conversations about taxes, money, and the choices we make. Kelly is a tax attorney who works with taxpayers and tax practitioners like you every day. She helps folks out of tax jams, and hopefully, keeps others from getting into them.

You can find out more about Kelly here and you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.

To subscribe to the podcast (it’s free!) using Apple, Spotify, or your favorite listening app, click here.

Kelly’s Website: Taxgirl

Gregory Krakower: LinkedIn

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