The IRS Whistleblower Office’s Annual Report to Congress

disappointmentPart of the law mandating the IRS whistleblower reward program included an obligation for the IRS to report the progress of the program to Congress on an annual basis.  Just out is the latest report.  As usual, the numbers reported are less than breathtaking.  I will delve into some of the details of the report later but wanted you to get an overview now. For a link to the report itself, search IRS.gov, or send us an email request.

 

Notable Points 

In FY  2011

The IRS says it received 314 submissions identifying 734 taxpayers.

In FY 2012

The IRS says it received 332 submissions identifying 671 taxpayers.

In 2011

The IRS whistleblower program recovered $48 million.

In 2012

The IRS whistleblower program recovered $592.5 million.

In FY 2011, the Whistleblower Office paid the first claims under section 7623(b).  Five claims have been paid under the revised law.  According to the report, the number of payments made under the section 7623(b) program is not projected to grow dramatically in FY 2013.

As of Dec 10, 2012

The IRS says it received 1,449 submissions from 1,126 whistleblowers covering 10,043 taxpayers.

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