Statistics

The latest report from the IRS Whistleblower Office shows that despite an increase in total claims received in FY 2014, the agency paid out fewer awards and nearly $5 million dollars less in total monetary awards to whistleblowers.

IRS whistleblower submissions for big frauds are not rising as fast. Under the 7623(b) program, which covers claims of $2 million and more, the IRS received 352 submissions totaling 2,282 claims. In FY 2013, the IRS received 355 submissions totaling 1,578 claims. For comparison purposes, the U.S. Department of Justice received 713 whistleblower cases in FY 2014. By the end of FY 2014, eleven claims had been paid under the revised law, including two separate payments to one whistleblower. It appears only two whistleblower awards under the 7623(b) prorgam were made last year.

Despite cuts at the IRS, the Whistleblower Office has seen steady and consistent growth from year to year in staffing.  However, even with increased personnel, claimants should expect successful cases to take approximately 8 years to resolve.

Amounts Collected and Awards Paid

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Awards paid

97

97

128

122

101

Collections over $2M

9

4

12

6

9

Total amount of awards paid

$18,746,327

$8,008,430

$125,355,799

$53,054,302

$52,281,628*

Amounts collected

$464,695,459

$48,047,500

$592,498,294

$367,042,420

$309,990,568

Awards paid as a percentage of amounts collected

4.0%

16.7%

21.2%

14.6%

16.9%

Claims Received by Fiscal Year of Receipt

 

Pre-2010

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Total

Total claims received

11794

13220

8166

9493

10520

14365

67558

Claims open

5125

6211

2016

3017

5101

8682

30152

* Reduction in expenditures required by sequestration reduced FY2014 awards by $3.7 million. Approximately $48 million was actually paid out in FY2014.