Tax Whistleblowers: Assessments of the IRS Program


Sophie G. Shelton (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: LAW086000

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program, which was revised and expanded by Congress in 2006, is an important tax administration tool. Information received from tax whistleblowers – individuals who report to the IRS on violations of tax laws by others – has assisted the IRS in detecting tax compliance issues and in collecting additional tax revenue. Tax whistleblowers who report on the underpayment of taxes by others have helped IRS collect almost $2 billion in additional revenue since 2011, when the first high-dollar claim was paid under the expanded program that pays qualifying whistleblowers a minimum of 15 percent of the collected proceeds. These revenues help reduce the estimated $450 billion tax gap—the difference between taxes owed and those paid on time. This book assesses the Whistleblower Office (WO) claim review process; assesses how the WO determines awards; evaluates how the WO communicates with external stakeholders; and evaluates IRS’s policies and procedures for protecting whistleblowers. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. IRS Whistleblower Program: Billions Collected, but Timeliness and Communication Concerns May Discourage Whistleblowers
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. IRS Whistleblower Program: Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report to the Congress
Secretary of the Treasury


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