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IRS Whistleblower Office Director Discusses Significance of Whistleblower Information in Identifying Noncompliance

John Hinman, Director, IRS Whistleblower Office highlighted the importance of whistleblower information in identifying noncompliance and reducing the tax gap in an executive column published by the IRS. Each year, the IRS receives thousands of award claims from individuals who identify taxpayers who may not be abiding by U.S. tax laws. The IRS Whistleblower Office ensures that award claims are reviewed by the appropriate IRS business unit, determines whether an award should be paid and the percentage of any award and ensures that approved awards are paid. The IRS has paid over $1.05 billion in over 2,500 awards to whistleblowers since 2007.

Further, Hinman stated that according to the IRS’s Large Business and International (LB&I) division, whistleblowers have provided invaluable insights into violations perpetuated by large corporations, wealthy individuals and their planners. Further, since the inception of the Whistleblower Office, information from whistleblowers has resulted in over 900 criminal tax cases. Hinman stated that individuals can file a Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information, to be considered for an award. Specific, credible and timely claims are most likely to be accepted for additional consideration and referred to one of IRS’s operating divisions. A subject matter expert may contact the whistleblower to ensure the IRS fully understands the information submitted. The IRS will notify whistleblowers when a case for which they provided information is referred for audit or examination.

Further, Hinman noted that the IRS takes the protection of whistleblower identity very seriously.The IRS prevents the disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity, and even the fact that they have provided information, to the maximum extent that the law allows. Additionally, whistleblowers are protected from retaliation by their employers under a law passed in 2019. Finally, Hinman noted that going forward, the Whistleblower Office team will continue to make improvements to this important program, raise awareness about the program for potential whistleblowers and look for ways to gain internal efficiencies to move cases forward as quickly as possible.

FAQs Released on Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Residential Clean Energy Property Credits, FS-2022-40

The IRS has released frequently asked questions (FAQs) about energy efficient home improvements and residential clean energy property credits. The […]

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FAQs Released on Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Residential Clean Energy Property Credits, FS-2022-40

IRS, DOL Renew Employee Misclassification Memorandum of Understanding

The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced they have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under […]

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IRS, DOL Renew Employee Misclassification Memorandum of Understanding

Transitional Guidance on Broker Digital Asset Reporting Provided, Announcement 2023-2

The Treasury Department and IRS have announced that brokers are not required to report additional information with respect to dispositions […]

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Transitional Guidance on Broker Digital Asset Reporting Provided, Announcement 2023-2

IRS Completes Final Corrections on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Tax Payments, IR-2023-2

The IRS recently completed the final corrections of tax year 2020 accounts for taxpayers who overpaid their taxes on unemployment compensation received in 2020. […]

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IRS Completes Final Corrections on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Tax Payments, IR-2023-2

FL - Additional guidance issued on tax relief for property made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

The Florida Department of Revenue has issued additional guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 […]

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FL - Additional guidance issued on tax relief for property made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

Inflation Reduction Act Triggers Numerous Tax Form Changes

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022 has triggered changes to many tax forms, tax form instructions, and […]

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Inflation Reduction Act Triggers Numerous Tax Form Changes

IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Check Tax Withholding Now to Avoid Paying Future Quarterly Estimated Payments, FS-2023-1; IR-2023-10

The IRS reminded taxpayers who earn wages to use the Tax Withholding Estimator tool to adjust their 2023 withholding. Checking now and […]

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Check Tax Withholding Now to Avoid Paying Future Quarterly Estimated Payments, FS-2023-1; IR-2023-10

2023 Standard Mileage Rates Released, Notice 2023-3

The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2023. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs […]

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2023 Standard Mileage Rates Released, Notice 2023-3

FL - Taxpayer properly applied cost-of-performance rule to its income producing activities

An out of state subsidiary (taxpayer) of a nationwide online and brick-and-mortar retailer (retailer) properly sourced its service revenue under […]

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FL - Taxpayer properly applied cost-of-performance rule to its income producing activities

FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

Florida provides guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 days or more due to Hurricanes […]

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FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole