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Showing 2 posts from May 2011.

Important Tax Whistleblower News for Practitioners, Businesses, and Whistleblowers

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Make no mistake about it: paying big awards to whistleblowers who disclose illegal conduct, including tax offenses, has become a top government enforcement strategy. Why? Because rewarding whistleblowers works. State and federal False Claims Act cases, which permit whistleblowers to sue wrongdoers on behalf of the government as qui tam plaintiffs, have skyrocketed and have helped the government recover tens of billions of taxpayer dollars, a sizeable piece of which often goes to whistleblowers.

Since the IRS beefed up its tax whistleblower program in 2006 by increasing and making mandatory whistleblower awards for claims involving IRS tax obligations of $2 million or more, federal whistleblower claims have increased sharply in both number and quality. And whistleblowers are recovering millions for their efforts. In April 2010, for example, as reported in the Wall Street Journal and Accounting Today, an in-house CPA at a Fortune 500 financial firm earned $4.5 million for exposing a $20 million tax liability owed by his firm.

Topics: Tax Fraud

Government Brings FCA Suit Against Deutsche Bank and Its Mortgage Subsidiary

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In what may be a sign of future whistleblower-driven litigation facing the mortgage industry, the federal government brought a False Claims Act suit on May 3 against Deutsche Bank and a subsidiary it acquired in 2007, MortgageIT, Inc., alleging that they “repeatedly lied to be included in a government program to select mortgages for insurance by the government. Once in that program, they recklessly selected mortgages that violated program rules in blatant disregard of whether borrowers could make mortgage payments.”

The government’s complaint alleges false certifications made to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in connection with MortgageIT’s mortgage origination and sponsorship practices. The FHA has paid insurance claims on more than 3,100 mortgages, totaling $386 million, for mortgages endorsed by MortgageIT.

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