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False claims act (FCA) statutes allow private persons to bring civil actions against alleged wrongdoers on behalf of the government. FCAs and qui tam actions vary, but generally impose significant penalties for "knowingly" failing to comply with a state law. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, co-authors Jeffrey A. Friedman, Jack Trachtenberg and Eric S. Tresh explore the disturbing trend of the use of FCAs as a basis for challenging state taxpayers.
To read the full article reprinted from the May 7, 2012, issue of State Tax Notes, click here.