An Information Resource for Tax WhistleblowersIf you have information regarding underpayment of federal taxes, you could be entitled to a reward. Taxwhistleblowers.org is a free information resource that provides information to private citizens on the rewards available to those who report underpayments of tax to the United States government. There have historically been three main programs available to IRS whistleblowers seeking a reward:
Important Development - New IRS Whistleblower Program
On December 20, 2006, the President signed into law new legislation that dramatically strengthens the IRS's whistleblower program. Under the new law, qualified whistleblowers will be entitled to awards of up to 30% of funds that are recovered by the IRS based on information provided by whistleblowers. More Info
Former Form 211 Program
The old Form 211 program permitted whistleblowers to request rewards from the IRS after reporting information about individuals or entities who have underpaid taxes. Notably, however, payment of any reward by the IRS under the former Form 211 procedure is within the government’s discretion and cannot be compelled by the whistleblower. This program is still available for claims not large enough to qualify for the increased rewards under the new IRS Whistleblower Program.
In addition to its Form 211 program, the IRS has also historically maintained a lesser known program commonly referred to as its Special Agreement program, which permitted whistleblowers to enter into contracts with the IRS before they provided detailed information about the subject taxpayer and their alleged tax violations. Special Agreements, however, have largely fallen into disuse since the advent of the new IRS tax whistleblower program.
Please be advised that this website is a general information resource, and it is not intended to provide legal advice in your particular case. You should consult with an attorney to obtain legal advice regarding your matter.