October 21, 2008, Ogden Utah -- The Internal Revenue Service's Whistleblower Office invited Erika A. Kelton, a partner at Phillips & Cohen LLP, to speak at an IRS professional training session held by the IRS Whistleblower Office for IRS attorneys and experts in various types of tax fraud.
The focus of the session was on the provisions of the new IRS whistleblower law that's contained in the Tax Relief and Health Act of 2006. Ms. Kelton talked about her experience representing whistleblowers in both "qui tam" cases brought under the False Claims Act, as well as cases involving tax avoidance, tax underpayments and other types of tax code violations. She also gave the IRS participants feedback on how the new tax fraud whistleblower law was working from the perspective of whistleblowers who have filed claims with the IRS.
Ms. Kelton was the lead attorney representing a confidential informant to the IRS, who provided information about fraudulent tax shelters set up by Wall Street investment firms and testified before Congress about the subject. Her law firm has filed numerous whistleblower claims under the new whistleblower law involving significant amounts of tax fraud.
Phillips & Cohen is the most successful law firm representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits.
Ms. Kelton has been quoted in stories in The Wall Street Journal and on Public Radio International's "Marketplace" show about tax avoidance schemes and whistleblowers' role in exposing them. She also was an invited participant in a U.S. Senate Finance Committee roundtable that discussed the new IRS whistleblower law, and she has published articles on the topic in The International Herald Tribune and Pharmaceutical Executive.
For more information about Phillips & Cohen's record, see P&C's Successful Whistleblower Cases.