Statistics

The latest report from the IRS Whistleblower Office shows that despite an increase in total claims awards paid in FY 2016, the agency paid 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 179 submissions totaling 2,704 claims. In FY 2015, the IRS received 182 submissions totaling 1,462 claims. . By the end of FY 2064, sixteen claims had been paid under the revised law. It appears eighteen whistleblower awards under the 7623(b) program were made last year.

Because of cuts at the IRS, the Whistleblower Office has seen a stop in its growth trend from FY2015 to FY2016 in staffing.  However, wait times have dropped claimants should expect successful cases to take approximately 7 years to resolve.

Amounts Collected and Awards Paid

Fiscal Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Awards paid

128

122

101

99

418

Collections over $2M

12

6

9

11

16

Total amount of awards paid

$125,355,799

$53,054,302

$52,281,628*

$103,486,236

$61,390,910

Amounts collected

$592,498,294

$367,042,420

$309,990,568

$501,317,481

$368,907,298

Awards paid as a percentage of amounts collected

21.2%

14.6%

16.9%

20.6%

16.6%

Claims Received by Fiscal Year of Receipt

 

Pre-2010

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Total claims received

11794

13220

8166

9493

10520

14365

12,595

13,396

67558

Claims open

5125

6211

2016

3017

5101

8682

35,670

29,835

 

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