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February 22, 2012

Be Careful Who You Trust - They May Decide to be an IRS Informant for a Big Reward

The IRS has a Whistle Blower program which often makes those who participate wealthy.  The reward paid by the IRS can be up to 30% of the tax collected.   It is much like the Cold War Russia where they wanted everyone to inform on their friends and family. Rewards have been paid to foreign bankers who have turned in their own clients......so much for secret bank accounts.

In 2010 7,577 Cases were submitted and the IRS paid out over $18 million in rewards. The information received from Whistle blowers results in collection of more than $464 million in taxes.  Often it is wise to have an attorney represent you if you decide to inform on another taxpayer to protect your interests. Read more about the program HERE.

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