The IRS Whistleblower Office has released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 annual report to Congress. In FY 2021, the Whistleblower Office made 179 award payments to whistleblowers totaling $36,144,926, including 20 awards paid under Code Sec. 7623(b). Whistleblower claim numbers assigned in FY 2021 grew by 55 percent year over year and claim closures increased by 13 percent. Additionally, this year’s report introduces the Code Sec. 7623 Payment and Claim Processing Analysis. The analysis shows Code Sec. 7623(b) awards were paid on average in 17 days.
Code Sec. 7623 Payment and Claim Processing Analysis
The average claim processing time for Code Sec. 7623(b) award payments made during FY 2021 increased by 2.9 percent from the prior year and average claim processing time for Code Sec. 7623(a) award payments increased by 10.4 percent. The report stated that it is likely average claim processing times will continue to increase as claim inventory continues to age while the Whistleblower Office awaits audits, exams, investigations, appeals, tech services, collection, statutes to expire, and whistleblower litigation.
Ten Most Common Allegations Submitted In FY 2021
The ten most common allegations submitted on Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information, for FY 2021 were:
- unreported income;
- general allegations of fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud, and related allegations;
- false dependent exemptions;
- employee vs. subcontractor;
- failure to file;
- wage under reporter;
- capital gains tax;
- wages being paid in cash or under the table;
- rental income; and
- false deductions or expenses.
The report also provided other information including disclosures made under Taxpayer First Act, additional information on submissions received in FY 2021, information on claim numbers issued, claims remaining open and claims that were closed in each FY from 2019 to 2021, geographic location of all whistleblowers by region, open Code Sec. 7623(b) claims as of FY 2021, and reasons for closures that occurred during FY 2021.