For the past 10 years, since the enactment of the IRS Whistleblower Office, the IRS has recovered over $3.4 billion because of information submitted by whistleblowers. Out of that sum, $465 million was awarded to whistleblowers.
The IRS released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2016 detailing the numerous accomplishments of the Whistleblower Office and the challenges it faces moving forward.
According to the report, the IRS granted 418 awards to whistleblowers totaling $61 million. This represents a 322% increase in the number of awards compared to FY 2015. The IRS also dedicated substantial resources to address its backlog of claim submissions, allowing upcoming claim submissions to be timely and appropriately reviewed. And importantly, the IRS followed up on a GAO recommendation to improve communication with whistleblowers and their attorneys throughout the claim submission and review process.
All in all, it was a productive year for the IRS Whistleblower Office, and the program continues to be one of the most effective tools in the fight against tax fraud.
If you have any information regarding tax noncompliance, feel free to contact the experienced whistleblower attorneys at Behn & Wyetzner, Chtd.