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IRS Reports a New Record $312 Million in Whistleblower Awards

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a report in February providing an overview of its whistleblower program in what was a record-breaking year. Whistleblowers provided information during 2018 that aided in the agency’s recovery of more than $1.44 billion throughout the year, resulting in a total of $312 million awarded to those whistleblowers. This number Read More

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Proposed SEC Rule Could Damage Whistleblower Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program has been an undeniable success since its launch, leading to millions of dollars’ worth of awards to several dozen whistleblowers in that time. Now, the agency has proposed several amendments to the program that have drawn some controversy, as they could implement limits on the size of Read More

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Newly Amended Regulations Expand Available Whistleblower Protections

Once enacted, the new Treasury Laws Amendment will extend protections afforded to whistleblowers in the financial, credit and corporate sectors. This legislation will apply to any reports made by whistleblowers on or after July 1, 2018. Under the current rules, a person only qualifies for whistleblower protection if he or she meets criteria such as: Read More

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California’s Napa County Works to Start a Whistleblower Program

In just the latest example of local municipalities following the lead of state and federal governments in taking whistleblower protections more seriously, Napa County in California is looking to start its own whistleblower program to combat fraud and waste in county government. After establishing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the county determined that without a Read More

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Whistleblower Receives SEC Awards Despite Being Culpable, Delaying Evidence

In late July, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it would pay $1.7 million to a whistleblower who provided important information to the agency. This was despite the fact that the whistleblower had some culpability in the fraud, delayed the reporting of that fraud to the SEC and failed to comply with a Dodd-Frank Read More

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Recent Tax Court Decision Considered a Win for Whistleblowers

A tax court recently ruled that giving information to federal agencies and a division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before filing an Application for Award for Original Information (also known as Form 211) does not make a whistleblower ineligible to receive an award. There is a whistleblower program in place that provides compensation to Read More

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Senate Approves Whistleblower Bill for the Auto Industry

The U.S. Senate passed the first-ever piece of whistleblower legislation specific to automotive safety April 28. The proposed measure provides incentives to whistleblowers within the auto industry to come forward about known safety issues. It was developed in the wake of the controversies surrounding Takata air bags and General Motors ignition switches over the last Read More

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