What You Need to Know
- Bill would strengthen protections for whistleblowers when they come forward, Wyden said.
- It will help Treasury properly implement the IRS whistleblower law, says attorney Kohn.
- The IRS whistleblower program would have to tell Congress each year about the top 10 tax avoidance schemes.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation Tuesday to help the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Reward Program catch tax dodgers.
The IRS Whistleblower Program Improvement Act includes seven measures to help bolster the program, which the lawmakers say has enabled the agency to collect more than $6 billion from wealthy individuals and businesses caught dodging taxes.
“IRS whistleblowers play a critical role in protecting taxpayer dollars and finding tax cheats stealing from the American people. It would be far more difficult to uncover these illegal schemes without their courage, and our bill would strengthen protections for these brave Americans when they come forward,” Wyden said Tuesday in a statement.
Added Grassley: “We ought to do whatever we can to ensure its continued success, so tax dodgers and fraudsters pay what they owe. Toward this end, it’s vital that whistleblowers who come forward are protected and treated fairly.”
The bill, according to Grassley and Wyden, would help “ensure fairness and protect the whistleblowers who come forward.”