IRS Whistleblower

How IRS Whistleblower Claims are Filed for Awards

Whistleblowers submitting claims under Sec. 7623(a) or (b) must complete IRS Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information, in order to qualify for the whistleblower award. If they submit claims without completing the form, they will not be eligible for the reward. [1] IRS Form 211 must be completed in its entirety and should [...]

Cell Phone Accessory Maker OtterBox Faces False Claims Act Liability

The False Claims Act covers a wide array of fraudulent activities. In a recent case against cell phone accessory maker OtterBox, the federal government has alleged its parent company Otter Products, LLC, shortchanged the government’s Internal Revenue Service with regard to taxes due on imports from China. Under the FCA, Otter Products is required to [...]

Understanding the Four Key Whistleblower Statutes Under Federal Law

Our blog often discusses litigation surrounding the False Claims Act, which is the hallmark whistleblower statute in the United States. Enacted during the Civil War, the FCA and its incentivizing qui tam provisions paved the way for other government entities to advocate for Congress to enact similar provisions in their anti-fraud statutes. In this [...]