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Professor Ventry Cited in NY Times Article on Tax Whistleblowers

Professor Dennis Ventry's work on the federal tax whistleblower law was cited several times in a New York Times article on former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld and his recent whistleblower award of $104 million for bringing information to the Internal Revenue Service about tax evasion strategies at the Swiss bank.

The article, "A Strategy of Tattletales and the IRS" by Victor Fleischer, noted Ventry's proposal to extend private enforcement of federal tax law beyond the whistleblower model and to allow qui tam actions, where private individuals bring lawsuits to collect taxes on behalf of the government. The article quotes from Ventry's paper entitled "Whistleblowers and Qui Tam for Tax," in which Ventry wrote "If sunlight is the best antiseptic, the looming possibility of qui tam actions could alter risk assessments of reporting positions by taxpayers and their advisers and thereby improve tax compliance."

Professor Ventry is an expert in tax policy and legal ethics. His research interests include tax expenditure analysis, family taxation, professional responsibility and standards of care, tax filing and administration, tax compliance, public finance, and tax and legal history. In addition, he was recently added as a co-author on the casebook, Legal Ethics and Corporate Practice.

New York Times

"Whistleblowers and Qui Tam for Tax"