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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IRS Whistleblower Program...The Need of a "Taint Review"

IRS Whistleblower Program...The Need of a "Taint Review"

Prior to working on any Whistleblower Claim, the IRS will conduct what is known as a “taint review.”  This review ensures good behavior by our government, and that in this case, it will ensure that the IRS is not encouraging Whistleblowers to provide information/documentation that would not otherwise be available to the IRS.  In fact, there is the possibility that the Court itself would throw out information/documents that should not have been available to the IRS or perhaps, even worse, throw out the entire action (i.e. audit) by the IRS if it is using tainted information from a whistleblower.

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