The Internal Revenue Service has released a report on its recently expanded whistleblower program which now offers higher awards, but the report indicated that the number of taxpayers coming forward to report tax fraud has declined in the past two years.

In fiscal year 2012, 671 taxpayers submitted whistleblower claims that appeared to meet the necessary criteria, compared to 734 in fiscal 2011 and 5,545 in fiscal 2010. There were 332 submissions from whistleblowers in fiscal 2012, a slight increase from the 314 submissions in fiscal 2011, but less than the 422 in fiscal 2010 and 472 in fiscal 2009.

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