An Ardent Response: Qui Tam Tax Claims Are Bad Tax Policy, a ‘Perversion of Justice'

The Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report filters through current state developments and analyzes those critical to multistate tax planning.

Tax claims alleged by whistle-blowers remain constant, fueling the conversation as to whether states should bar qui tam tax claims from False Claim Acts. Eric S. Tresh, a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, chatted with Bloomberg BNA State Tax Law Editor Ean Hamilton. In this interview Tresh says qui tam tax claims should be barred from state FCAs, presenting a view opposing a recent Bloomberg BNA interview with Randall M. Fox, former Bureau Chief of the New York Attorney General's Taxpayer Protection Bureau. Mr. Tresh shares the opinion of many state and local tax practitioners that the claims are bad tax policy.