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California Bill Would Allow Tax Fraud Whistleblowers

July 3, 2019, 1:25 PM

California’s attorney general wants to expand the state’s False Claims Act to allow whistleblowers to report alleged tax fraud.

The office of Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, says a bill he is sponsoring to extend California’s whistleblower law to tax matters is necessary to keep up with evolving corruption schemes. Business groups say it would be a breathtaking expansion of governmental power in tax disputes.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, A.B. 1270 by Assemblyman Mark Stone (D), with a 7-2 vote July 2. It moves next to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The bill passed the Assembly in ...

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