During the 2015 filing season, John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” argued on the program that the IRS is not only a necessary agency with a difficult job to do but is also a smart investment of public money.  Oliver makes some great (and funny) points about why the IRS budget should be increased rather than decreased.  The whole segment is imbedded below.




  • Linda Williams

    Hi Scott,

    Do you know of any cases pending in Federal Tax court where whistlebower(s) are challenging the IRS Whistleblowers office refusal to pay awards on information from whistleblowers based on Title 31 and 18.

    As has been discussed before on this blog, contrary to the Congressional intent in passing 7623(b) the IRS Whistleblower Office does not pay awards based on proceeds recouped by the IRS pursuant to Title 31 and Title 18.

    This is despite the fact that the US Secretary of the Treasury has delegated authority to the IRS to administer both, Title 31 (‘Foreign Financial Reporting’) and Title 18 (‘Money Laundering Violations’) pursuant to the US code.

    Coming up to the 9th anniversary of the IRS Whistleblower legislation how come this huge issue is still remains unresolved?

  • Hi Linda,

    Off the top of my head, US Tax Court Docket 22716-13W. I believe there are other cases that will also look at the scope of collected proceeds, but I believe they are under seal.

  • Linda Williams

    For the sake of stating the blindingly obvious……………….. I’ve often thought that the IRS should be incentivized to utilise IRS Whistleblower information and close out cases quicker by being allowed to keep and add to their budget(s) 10-15% of the TAX proceeds from whistleblower submissions.

  • Bubba Shawn


    I watched the video and forgot to laugh.

    IRS Commissioner Koskinen is trying to get the House and Senate to appropriate enough money for the Agency to operate as Congress has mandated. That is an impossibly tough job in the current political climate.

    It seems like DC whistleblower law firms are the only folks getting paid by the WO.

    IRS whistleblowers sacrifice their careers and professional reputations to do the “right thing” turning in tax cheats. It is really too bad that the IRS doesn’t appreciate that by timely and fairly paying whistleblowers instead of erecting bureaucratic hurdles and barriers preventing awards at every opportunity.

    Director Martin has an opportunity to change that. Let’s hope that he does.