Whistleblower Law Blog
IRS Awards Whistleblower $4.5 Million
The IRS Whistleblower Office paid a $4.5 million reward under its new Whistleblower Reward Program to an unidentified accountant who discovered a tax liability greater than $20 million at a Fortune 500 financial services firm. The firm had declined to report the tax liability to the IRS after it was discovered. The whistleblower came forward with information and reported the tax liability to the IRS, resulting in a large reward. In 2006, Congress passed legislation implementing the new IRS Whistleblower Reward Program where individuals who expose tax fraud can receive an award ranging from 15% to 30% of the proceeds recovered by the IRS.