|Treasury Inspector General: Major "Deficiencies Exist" in IRS Whistleblower Program|
Washington, D.C. October 7, 2009. Today the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report finding that "deficiencies exist" in the IRS program designed to promote whistleblower disclosures of tax fraud. The TIGTA report found that some of the major deficiencies were "inadequate procedures and processes" for administering whistleblower claims, the failure to "timely process" whistleblower claims, and a loophole in the law which can result in employees being retaliated against for filing whistleblower claims to the IRS.Dean A. Zerbe, Special Counsel for the National Whistleblowers Center and former tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee where he was the key staffer for writing the IRS tax whistleblower law, released the following statement on TIGTA report: "Thanks to the new IRS tax whistleblower law the IRS received in one year alone $65 billion in claims according to the new TIGTA report. Clearly the new law is working far beyond anyone's wildest imagination in providing the IRS information about potential tax fraud. The question now is whether the IRS is going to take advantage of the new law, work with whistleblowers, and bring in these revenues. The IRS whistleblower office has certainly done a good job of getting this new program up and running and TIGTA has highlighted important areas of improvement, especially regarding timing and processing of claims."