Does the IRS have the authority to issue Whistleblower awards under Section 7623(b) to an individual who provides information that results in the assertion of FBAR penalties? In Whistleblower 22231-12W v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-157, the Tax Court came close to deciding this issue.
The only reason it stopped short was because the jurisdictional pre-requisite for the Court to act – a determination by the Whistleblower Office on whether to accept or reject the petitioner’s claim – had not yet been made. In other words, because the petitioner’s claim was still pending before the Whistleblower Office, the Tax Court did not have jurisdiction to do anything. Read more