About the IRS’s whistleblower program
Did you know that the IRS is authorized to pay you if you report taxpayers that fail to pay their fair share of taxes? This is often referred to as the IRS’s whistleblower program.
If you can provide legitimate and clear proof to the IRS that someone has not paid their taxes and that this is a significant federal tax issue, you may be entitled to an award of up to 30% of the total amount collected.
The IRS will typically act on relevant information you submit if you follow its whistleblower guidelines. Once it does, it will begin an audit of the taxpayer and it may assess additional tax, penalties, and interest. This process can take several years to complete. Once it completes its investigation and collects from the taxpayer, the IRS will then determine the amount of your award.
Normally awards are only paid out if it can be shown that the IRS would not otherwise have collected the tax and if the amount in question is significant. The IRS may pay nothing if it determines that the information provided was not relevant for the tax that was collected or if your submission does not meet the IRS’s program requirements.
IRS delays in processing whistleblower claims
During the past few years, the IRS has been under fire for its poor handling of these cases and for not updating whistleblowers of case proceedings in a timely manner. Part of the reason behind this is that the IRS actually has very little authority to disclose to the whistleblower what is happening with the audit or the whistleblower claim.
Whistleblowers take a risk in coming forward as they are sometimes dealing with people who hold a lot of power and influence. This is one reason why some feel that they should have certain rights to get answers from the IRS about their claims.
However, the IRS does not always interpret the whistleblower rules in a way that benefits the claimant. In addition, the IRS and the whistleblower office is constantly in flux due to budget and staff cuts, which causes further administrative complications and delays for those submitting whistleblower claims.
But whistleblowers are not without remedies. Whistleblowers have the right to contest some whistleblower claims that are wrongfully denied by the IRS.
If the amount of the award is unsatisfactory, a whistleblower can make an appeal the decision in court. In many cases the whistleblower can even remain anonymous during the court proceeding.
Act now to get your whistleblower award
Whistleblower claims should be handled with extreme care for the protection of everyone involved. If you need help submitting a whistleblower claim, contact our office for a consultation.
We are former IRS attorneys, appeals officers, and auditors who help taxpayers with whistleblower claims. We offer compassionate, individualized service at manageable rates.
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