The Internal Revenue Service paid out $53 million in whistleblower awards last year, a steep decline from the $125 million paid to whistleblowers in 2012, according to an annual report by the IRS Whistleblower Office.

The IRS also paid out slightly fewer award claims to whistleblowers last year, 122 as opposed to 128 in 2012. However, both figures were higher than in 2011 and previous years. In 2011, the IRS paid 97 awards, for a total of $8 million. In addition, 2012 had marked a banner year for collections of over $2 million from whistleblower tips, with 12 qualifying for that designation.

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