Environmental whistleblower Marrita Murphy has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her civil rights tax appeal after another appeals court reversed its own original ruling.

Murphy had won an environmental whistleblower case before the Department of Labor and was awarded compensatory damages for emotional distress and loss of reputation under six federal whistleblower statutes. However, the IRS then demanded that she pay taxes on the "make-whole" award as if it were income. She filed suit, had her case initially dismissed and then filed an appeal.

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