Phillips & Cohen attorney Erika Kelton is quoted in an article about the Internal Revenue Service’s whistleblower program, published by Law360:
The IRS Whistleblower Office is notorious for keeping a curtain over its operations, since it handles sensitive taxpayer information and documents. But this can be frustrating for whistleblowers who want to collaborate with the agency, says Erika Kelton, a partner with Phillips & Cohen LLP. “You want to prepare the case thoroughly to give the IRS the best case possible, as it’s not a situation where there will be a lot of dialogue,” Kelton says.
While killer evidence is key in a whistleblower case, Kelton says experts should also be an integral part of a whistleblower’s due diligence process, as they can lend authority to his or her claim. “In advance of submitting a claim, we often consult with experts in the whistleblower’s field, flesh out all of the facts, and then also prepare a list of potential witnesses for the IRS to speak to, which includes documents they should request, the nature of the information contained in those documents, what areas of expertise the experts have, and what they would likely say,” Kelton says.