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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.

FL - Taxpayer did not qualify as private trust

The Florida Department of Revenue (department) determined that a taxpayer was not a private trust excluded from the definition of […]

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FL - Taxpayer did not qualify as private trust

FL - Governor proposes tax cuts in state of the state address

In his State of the State Address, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed $1.1 billion in tax cuts, the continuation of […]

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FL - Governor proposes tax cuts in state of the state address

Employee Benefit Plan Filing Extension Procedures Updated

Starting in 2024, Form 5558 is no longer used to request an extension of time to file Form 5330, Return of Excise […]

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Employee Benefit Plan Filing Extension Procedures Updated

More Than 1,000 Projects Registered Through IRS ECO Tool, IR-2024-14

The Internal Revenue Service said that more than 1,000 projects have been registered through the agency’s Energy Credits Online tool. The tool was created to help taxpayers who are taking […]

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More Than 1,000 Projects Registered Through IRS ECO Tool, IR-2024-14

FinCEN Commences Beneficial Ownership Reporting Under Bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act

The Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has begun accepting beneficial ownership information report under the bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act, enacted in 2021. This effort requires companies doing […]

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FinCEN Commences Beneficial Ownership Reporting Under Bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Get Ready for 2024 Filing Season, IR-2024-1

The IRS has encouraged taxpayers to utilize tips, tools and other resources available on the IRS website to Get Ready for 2024 filing season. The agency is set to announce the start […]

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IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Get Ready for 2024 Filing Season, IR-2024-1

Transitional Guidance on Reporting of Information on Receipt of Digital Assets Announced, Announcement 2024-4, IR-2024-12

The IRS has provided transitional guidance under Code Sec. 6050I with respect to reporting transactions involving receipt of digital assets. The Service has further clarified that at this time, digital assets are not required […]

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Transitional Guidance on Reporting of Information on Receipt of Digital Assets Announced, Announcement 2024-4, IR-2024-12

IRS Updates List of Qualified Census Tracts for Qualified Mortgage Bonds and Mortgage Credit Certificates, Rev. Proc. 2024-08

The IRS has provided issuers of qualified mortgage bonds and issuers of mortgage credit certificates with an updated list of qualified census tracts for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. […]

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IRS Updates List of Qualified Census Tracts for Qualified Mortgage Bonds and Mortgage Credit Certificates, Rev. Proc. 2024-08

IRS Announces Leadership Restructuring, IR-2023-237

The IRS Commissioner, Danny Werfel, has announced plans for new leadership structure to align with transformation goals. The updated chart, the first in two […]

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IRS Announces Leadership Restructuring, IR-2023-237

IRS: Taxpayers and Tax Professionals Should Protect Themselves from Scams, IR-2023-223, IR-2023-224, IR-2023-226, IR-2023-227, IR-2023-229

As the National Tax Security Awareness Week concludes, the IRS emphasized on the ongoing need for taxpayers and tax professionals to stay […]

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IRS: Taxpayers and Tax Professionals Should Protect Themselves from Scams, IR-2023-223, IR-2023-224, IR-2023-226, IR-2023-227, IR-2023-229