Attention Tax Whistleblowers: Before you call the IRS, Call an Attorney! – Los Angeles Income Tax Planning and Income Tax Litigator Attorney Bruce Givner

by Bruce Givner on December 14, 2012

“IRS Whistleblower Gets $104 million from the IRS”
“IRS Grants Whistleblower Awards in the Millions”
“IRS Whistleblower Awards Grow Significantly”

Headlines like these encourage individuals to run, not walk, to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and spill company secrets. Before you call the IRS, however, potential whistleblowers would substantially benefit by calling an attorney. Here are two reasons why:

1. The IRS will only give an award if the disclosed information actually leads to a collection of taxes, penalties, interest or other amounts from the noncompliant taxpayer. An attorney can help determine the significance of the information, advise you whether to disclose the information, as well as the best way to turn it over to the IRS.

2. The IRS will ask how the potential whistleblower obtained the information. So committing an illegal act to get the information could land you an award, but also jail time. An attorney will advocate for you, advise on the best way to obtain the information without legally hurting you or the government’s case, and help you navigate any other murky legal issues that may arise.

It is not the IRS’ job to protect whistleblowers from the noncompliant taxpayer or the courts. Take the time to consult your own attorney.

Givner & Kaye focuses on sophisticated income tax planning and compliance, tax litigation and procedure, estate planning, and asset protection plans for individuals and businesses in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, West Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties. Call Los Angeles Estate Planning and Asset Protection Plan Attorneys Givner & Kaye at (310) 207-8008 today.

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