How long does it take the IRS to pay Whistleblowers?

The process may take several years.  The IRS does not make award determinations until after the IRS collects the taxes, penalties, interest, additions to tax, and additional amounts owed.  Because the cases that come in through the Whistleblower Office are then subject to all the same procedure the IRS uses to audit taxpayers, including the taxpayer’s right to appeal any audit findings, a tax case typically takes several years.  The actual time the Whistleblower Office takes on the front end doing the intake processing of your case and then on the back end doing the award determination is only a matter of several months – the rest of the time is needed to audit and assess tax on the taxpayer.