How to Report Tax Fraud / How to Be an IRS Whistleblower

The U.S. government has made new efforts recently to encourage people to come forward with information about tax cheats.  Specifically, Congress has passed a law that authorizes the IRS to pay such people who give them information that leads to the identification and payment of taxes that were avoided by a taxpayer, and it has established a new Whistleblower Office at the IRS to help coordinate this information and process the payment of awards to deserving informants.  

This website answers the following common questions about how the tax whistleblower program works and how to make a claim for an award from the IRS.

  1. Who is the Whistleblower Office?
  2. How do I File a Whistleblower Claim?
  3. Who Can File a Claim? 
  4. Is the Filing Anonymous?
  5. What Information Should I Submit to the IRS? 
  6. What Happens After a Whistleblower Submits their Information to the IRS? 
  7. Why Does the IRS Deny Certain Claims?
  8. How does the Award Determination Process Work, and What are my Appeal Rights for my Award Determination?
  9. How much does the IRS pay Whistleblowers?
  10. How long does it take the IRS to pay Whistleblowers?
  11. Is there a minimum dollar amount requirement for Whistleblower claims?
  12. Links

Those are common questions that typically arise when people are trying to learn about the IRS Whistleblower Program.  If you are considering making a whistleblower claim with the IRS, have questions about a tax issue, or want to see what procedures would apply in your case, you should probably talk to a tax lawyer.  Obviously, nothing on this site should be interpreted as legal advice.