36) If 180 days pass without a final agency order, then the whistleblower
may file an action in federal district court.
The IRS also has a more discretionary award program, where amounts in dispute in connection with the whistleblower
claims do not meet the dollar threshold discussed above.
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7623(b) when a taxpayer alleges that the IRS denied a whistleblower
claim without initiating an administrative or judicial action or collecting proceeds.
The IRS established the Whistleblower
Office in 2007.
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Submissions and Taxpayers Affected by Fiscal Year Submissions Taxpayers Affected 2007 50 875 2008 377 1,369 2009 472 2,178 2010 422 5,545 2011 314 734 Source: Table 1, Fiscal Year 2011 Report to the Congress on the Use of Section 7623, IRS Whistleblower
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It is worth noting that a disclosure and a complaint are different: a disclosure is defined as 'provision of information as required under law or in good faith, regarding activities of a private individual, public official, company or organisation' whereas a complaint (within the context of whistleblowing) would be made, for example, about retaliation a whistleblower
Noting that he was the principal author of a provision in the IRS Whistleblower
Statute establishing mandatory payouts to whistleblowers
, he says the law was meant to include awards for criminal fines, forfeitures and funds collected.
According to Jane Noorberg, chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower
, "The total award amount demonstrates the invaluable information and assistance whistleblowers
have provided to the agency and underscores the program's extraordinary impact on the agency's enforcement initiatives.
As the shocked audience discussed what had been said at the panel, an upbeat Serbian whistleblower
approached me and said: "Now I know I'm not crazy.