IRS Awarded $300 Million to Whistleblowers in 2018

Posted on February 12th, 2019 at 12:05 PM
IRS Awarded $300 Million to Whistleblowers in 2018

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s annual report for 2018, its whistleblower reward program has triggered collections of over $1.4 billion in sanctions from individuals and entities involved in tax fraud and other related violations.

The amount of sanctions issued by the IRS is good news for whistleblowers, as awards have jumped significantly. Moreover, the annual report demonstrated that whistleblowers were paid an average of 21.7% of the proceeds of issued sanctions, resulting in over $300 million directly awarded to whistleblowers.

For example, last year the IRS awarded a whistleblower $13.6 million for providing information that led to the government collecting over $52.6 million in taxes, penalties, and interest in the case.

According to its whistleblower program, the IRS is required to issue a reward to an individual of 15% to 30% of proceeds from tax fraud or tax underpayments if he or she provides specific and credible information. In addition, the information provided to the IRS must relate to tax underpayments of over $2 million (or if the subject of the claim is an individual, his or her gross income must exceed $200,000 for at least one of the tax years in question), and the IRS actually must collect tax underpayments resulting from the action.

Eccleston Law, LLC helps individuals file and document their whistleblower claims with the IRS and with other entities such as the SEC, while maintaining confidentiality. Please contact us for further information.

The attorneys of Eccleston Law LLC represent investors and advisors nationwide in securities and employment matters. The securities lawyers at Eccleston Law also practice a variety of other areas of practice for financial investors and advisors including Securities FraudCompliance ProtectionBreach of Fiduciary DutyFINRA Matters, and much more. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 65 years in delivering the highest quality legal services. If you are in need of legal services, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.

Related Attorneys: James J. Eccleston

Tags: james eccleston, eccleston law, eccleston law llc, eccleston, irs, internal revenue service, whistleblowers, sanctions, fraud, penalties, underpayments

Return to Archive



Fantastic news!!!!  Your professionalism, support and expertise were greatly appreciated.  You made a difficult situation much more bearable.

Marci M.


October 15, 2021
FINRA Bars Former LPL Advisor Who Allegedly Misappropriated Elderly Client’s Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred a former LPL advisor who allegedly misappropriated a senior client’s funds and subsequently failed to cooperate in FINRA’s investigation.

October 14, 2021
NASAA Targets Unpaid Arbitration Awards With Proposed New Model Rules

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has proposed new rules in an attempt to reduce the large number of arbitration awards that go unpaid to investors who prevail as claimants in arbitration proceedings.

October 13, 2021
SEC Freezes Assets and Halts Alleged Fraudulent Scheme By Ron Harrison

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an emergency court order freezing the assets of Ron Harrison, who allegedly operated an ongoing fraudulent scheme.