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Monday, March 12, 2012

Opportunistic "Whistleblower" Exploits Illinois False Claims Act

>There is something troubling when relying on guidance by a Department of Revenue can get you sued.  Even more fundamentally perplexing is the possibility that such a lawsuit could be brought by a private party purporting to act in the interests of the Department of Revenue that issued the guidance you had so diligently followed.  A frightening prospect, but that is exactly what is happening in Illinois today.  As of the date of this writing, approximately 200 lawsuits have been filed against retailers operating on a nationwide basis, alleging that they have fraudulently failed to collect tax on the shipping portion of sales to Illinois customers. 

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