Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, the IRS Whistleblower Office pays money to whistleblowers who report individuals or companies who owe taxes. If the IRS uses information provided by the whistleblower, the whistleblower is entitled to compensation of up to 30% of the additional tax collected. The act also provides for whistleblower confidentiality.
Whistleblower Compensation under the Tax Relief & Health Care Act
The Tax Relief and Health Care Act provides for different levels of whistleblower compensation, depending on the amount in question. If the corporation:
- Owes more than $2 million (or individual earns more than $200,000 annually) – IRS will pay the whistleblower 15-30% of the amount collected. If the whistleblower disagrees with the outcome of the claim, he or she can appeal to the Tax Court.
- Owes less than $2 million (or individual earns less than $200,000 annually) – The maximum whistleblower award is 15% of the recovered amount, up to $10 million. If the whistleblower disagrees with the outcome of these claims, he or she cannot appeal.
Whistleblower Claims under the Tax Relief & Health Care Act
Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act, all information provided to the IRS is confidential. The IRS can only disclose whether the case is open or closed, and cannot disclose whether action was taken. A claim under the Act can be denied if:
- The IRS already had access to the information from another source
- An audit is conducted but no tax liability is found
- Tax liability is found but the taxpayer successfully appeals the ruling
- The taxpayer cannot pay what is owed
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