Anticipating the new IRS Whistleblower Program regulations that are due by the December 20, 2007 first anniversary of the new IRS Whistleblower Program, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel has just issued a Notice on “Coordination of Section 7623 Whistleblower Claims in the Tax Court.”
As discussed extensively on this whistleblower lawyer blog, one of the major features of the new IRS Whistleblower Program is that whistleblowers who meet the program’s criteria now have an enforceable right to share in money recovered by the government based on the whistleblower’s information submitted. The Tax Court now has jurisdiction to consider appeals of whistleblower rewards.
The Notice on November 1, 2007 from the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, CC-2008-001, provides guidance relating to this new cause of action in the Tax Court, the review of award determinations made by the IRS Whistleblower Office. (See https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-ccdm/cc-2008-001.pdf.)
This Notice recites that, pending additional procedures being established in the CCDM regarding pleadings, motions and decision documents, if a petitioner raises a section 7623 (“whistleblower reward”) issue in a Tax Court case, certain notifications should be given to the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration), Branch 7, and the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (General Legal Services), Public Contracts and Technology Law Branch, to discuss how the issue should be “handled and coordinated.”
For information provided to the IRS before the effective date of the new Whistleblower Program, December 20, 2006, the IRS has stated that the “old” law applies.
I know from speaking with IRS Whistleblower Office Director Stephen Whitlock this Fall, before and after our presentation together in Washington on the new IRS Whistleblower Program, that the IRS is busy working to complete the new regulations that will govern this first meaningful IRS Whistleblower Program. We look forward to reporting on these developments, and to continuing to work with the IRS in representing whistleblowers with information about significant tax noncompliance and tax fraud.
After all, why should honest citizens continue to pay more, becuse of tax cheating by those who refuse to bear their share of the load?