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Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud

The U.S. Government relies on the help of whistleblowers who report tax fraud and evasion to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Corporations and individuals who intentionally defraud the government by underpaying taxes commit a crime that violates Title 26 and Title 18 of the United States Code.

What is Tax Fraud?

Tax fraud is the deliberate attempt to evade or defeat any tax that is lawfully due. While companies and citizens may legally seek to lower their tax burden as much as possible, outright fraud and exploiting loopholes in order to pay fewer taxes to Federal and State governments is illegal and can be reported to the IRS under the IRS whistleblower program. Those who earn income through global trade and services have also several additional methods to abuse these exploits and avoid due payments. The penalties for this type of felony include civil and criminal fines, imprisonment and back payment with interest.

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Impact of Tax Fraud

The IRS estimates that tax fraud, evasion, and underpayments directly result in the Federal Government collecting $450 to $500 billion less in tax revenue each year. This gap must be bridged by either cutting funding for federal programs or by increasing the burden on law‚Äźabiding U.S. taxpayers to generate more revenue.

This type of fraud is difficult to detect and even harder to prove because the authorities must show that the underpayment was intentional. This could be difficult in large companies where accounting and records keeping procedures are complex and easily manipulated. Often, only company insiders know the true story of why or how a corporation cheated the authorities by using shell companies or hiding funds in international tax havens such as Panama to conceal their true earnings. In fact, international tax schemes may be costing the federal government (and American taxpayers) as much as $160 billion every year. The IRS lacks the resources to uncover these sophisticated scams and relies on whistleblowers to help them through the investigations.

How to report tax fraud with the IRS Whistleblower Program

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After the success of the False Claims Act, the IRS created its Whistleblower Office in December 2006. This Rewards Program pays a percentage of the recovery between 15% and 30% of the total amount reclaimed to those who blew the whistle, and resulted in more than $25 billion in recoveries by the U.S. government. Individuals may anonymously report any type of tax fraud ranging from underpayment and negligence to outright evasion by hiring an attorney who will act as their proxy.

Why should you choose us to help you fight against Tax fraud?

Finding a competent lawyer to help you report a crime to the IRS is mandatory to maximize your award. We played a crucial role in helping many plaintiffs secure some of the most notable whistleblower settlements in the history of our country. Our team includes some of the most famous personalities in whistleblowing that will help you during the investigation and trial phases.

Types of Tax Fraud



Famous Cases of Tax Fraud

G.B. Enterprises False Deductions

In 1996, G.B. Enterprises filed a fraudulent return where it included over $5 million in improper deductions. For over 8 years, the car dealing company exaggerated its sales commissions by $56,879,852 to artificially create a larger tax penalty. In June 2004, G.B. eventually agreed to pay $36.5 millionfor tax fraud offenses.

The UBS Bank

In 2009, UBS settled with the IRS for $780 million following claims that it had unlawfully aided U.S. citizens in hiding their assets in Swiss bank accounts. A whistleblower who contributed to the investigation received a $104 million reward for the information he provided.

Falsified Records

UPS paid $25 millionto the U.S. Department of Justice and an additional $4.2 million to pay a whistleblower suit that claimed the shipping business falsified delivery records for government packages.

Is your case going to be successful in court?

If you took part or witnessed any widespread fraudulent behavior within your workplace, you may take the first step and become a whistleblower. However, not every claim is valid in court, so in order to increase your chances of success you need to substantiate your claims with privileged information or physical evidence.

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Take the first step

If you or someone you know has information about tax fraud, our expert legal team will conduct a free case evaluation to help you better understand your legal options and what you can expect should you decide to file a whistleblower claim. 

If you delay in filing a claim it can weaken your case and reduce your potential reward, so we urge you to contact us by filling out a formor calling toll-free at (800) 689-8552. Your first consultation is freeand confidential.

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