IRS Updated Its Whistleblower Program Timeline Performance

Posted on September 23, 2014

The IRS whistleblower program pays awards to people that turn in taxpayers to the IRS.

The whistleblower can receive up to 30% of the additional tax and penalties that the IRS collects as a result of the information the whistleblower provides to the IRS. However, as noted before, it can take between five to seven years from the time a claim is submitted before an award payment is typically made.

The prior handling of the whistleblower program and the length of time it takes for an award to be paid has caused great frustration among whistleblowers. Fortunately, the IRS recently addressed these problems.

In a memorandum issued on August 20, 2014, the IRS updated its timeline performance goals for the whistleblower program.

Under the new goals, the IRS is supposed to complete an initial evaluation of a whistleblower claim within 90 days of receipt of the claim. The IRS operating divisions and criminal investigative division must then complete their evaluations within 90 days. Finally, notification of an award decision by the IRS must be made within 90 days of when the IRS collects the proceeds.

These changes should speed up the time the IRS takes to evaluate whistleblower claims and to make awards.

Do you have solid proof that someone is cheating the IRS?

Perhaps filing a claim under the IRS whistleblower program is something you should consider.

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