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IRS and TTB agree to whistleblower process regarding federal excise taxes

IRS and TTB agree to whistleblower process

The IRS today issued a release announcing that a process has been formalized with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to allow for procedures between the IRS and TTB to process claims for whistleblower awards under the excise tax laws that are administered and enforced by TTB.


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TTB is a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department that administers provisions of the tax laws that impose a federal excise tax on distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, cigarette papers and tubes, as well as firearms and ammunition.

According to the IRS release—IR-2019-204—the IRS and TTB signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 3, 2019, making these new procedures possible. The new procedures enable the IRS to partner with TTB to provide “a consistent approach” for claims for a whistleblower award administered under tax laws.

For more information, contact a tax professional with KPMG’s Excise Tax Practice group:

Taylor Cortright | +1 (202) 533 6188 |

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