IRS Whistleblower Program – Deadlines Drives Success

IRS Whistleblower Program – Deadlines Drives Success

The revised IRS whistleblower program is on its 13th year.  The good news is that last year the IRS disclosed it collected $1.5 billion as a result of whistleblowers.  However, the bad news was that it took an average of 9.32 years for the IRS to pay an award to the whistleblower.  In order for the IRS to increase the success rate of the whistleblower program, there needs to be deadlines; for example, the IRS’ April 15th return filing deadline is probably one of the most recognized deadlines.

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Confidentiality of an IRS Whistleblower

Confidentiality of an IRS Whistleblower

Confidentiality is an important consideration for anyone considering filing a tax whistleblower claim with the IRS.  By law, a taxpayers’ information is protected (I.R.C. § 6103).  There are also protections in place for a whistleblowers’ identity in most cases.   Below, we cover frequently asked questions surrounding whistleblower confidentiality. 

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So You Want to Be an IRS Tax Whistleblower?

So You Want to Be an IRS Tax Whistleblower?

To be a successful IRS Tax Whistleblower, an individual needs to have “specific and credible” information that leads the IRS to the detection and collection of the underpayment of a tax.  Simply “believing” or “thinking” that there has been an underpayment of tax is not enough; a tax whistleblower must have actionable information and supporting documentation verifying the information. 

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