Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden have introduced S. 762 IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017.
In 2006, Senator Grassley reformed the IRS whistleblower program, making it the successful program we recognize today. Since those improvements, the program has recovered more than $3 billion in taxes that otherwise would have been lost to fraud.
The program has proven itself a resounding success. Even so, the IRS has left many whistleblowers in the dark while working on their cases, and tax fraud whistleblowers still lacked any protections for when their employer retaliates against them for reporting. The IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act sets out to fix that and make the program stronger and fairer to whistleblowers.
Far too often millionaires and billionaires and international banks get away with cheating on their taxes. Whistleblowers are ready to do the patriotic and ensure a fair and effective tax system, but we all have to support them and ensure they are treated fairly.
Take action now to tell your representatives to support this bill!
President Donald Trump and Congressional GOP leaders are now aiming to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act, and the SEC’s whistleblower program along with it. The SEC’s program, the Office of the Whistleblower, is without question one of the most effective whistleblower programs in the country.
In a memo, Chairman Jeb Hensarling of the House Financial Services Committee announced his intention to cut down major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act. The leaked memo specifically recommends that Congress re-define who can blow the whistle in a manner that will gut the law.. This comes on the back of President Trump ordering the Treasury Department to review the law, also with an eye toward dismantling it.
Take action now to demand Congress and the President protect the SEC Whistleblower Office and support accountability for corporations.
Two courageous whistleblowers stood up to a corrupt corporation and exposed how they helped U.S. millionaires and billionaires illegally evade taxes. These whistleblowers won a hard fought victory in Tax Court. The Court ruled that individuals who report criminal violations of tax law will be awarded under the IRS whistleblower program. In a jaw dropping decision the Treasury Department is considering appealing to the U.S. District Court of Appeals and are threatening to appeal the decision to a higher court. The Treasury Department is arguing that whistleblowers are only protected and rewarded when they turn in violations resulting in civil or administrative penalties (i.e. the smaller cases). But whistleblowers who turn in criminal tax fraud resulting in criminal penalties get no protection and no reward!
We must stop this now. These whistleblowers recovered millions for the American people. They held a Big Corporation accountable as wellas millionaires and billionaires trying to evade taxes. They need our support NOW.
Please sign this Action Alert and tell Congress and the Treasury Department to hold criminal tax cheats accountable and protect whistleblowers!
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Urge Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service to Establish a Whistleblower Office.
Wildlife whistleblowers need to be informed of their rights and need to know that when they risk their lives and jobs to report illegal trafficking they will be protected and rewarded.
Ask Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day recognizing the Continental Congress’ historic resolution supporting whistleblowers!