The Changes Helping IRS Whistleblower Program Grow Up

Law360 (September 4, 2019, 3:57 PM EDT) -- Although the old man among administrative whistleblower programs, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program has seemed for years to be stuck in a prolonged infancy.

As more recent programs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission have surpassed it in efficacy, some among the whistleblower bar have lost faith in the IRS program. Now, like a version of Benjamin Button, this comparatively elderly program is finally going through a turbulent adolescence.

For years, the program was plagued by criticism: It was too narrow, too opaque, too risky and too slow. Specifically, the exclusion of...

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