A former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt bond office is warning the agency that proposed regulations for whistleblowers will substantially diminish the positive impact of the program for the TEB office and the IRS office of federal, state and local governments.

Mark Scott, who was director of the TEB office from 2000 to 2005 and is now an attorney with his own firm wrote a four-page letter to the IRS on Feb.18 about proposed regulations, which were released in December. The comment period for the proposed regulations ended Feb.19. A total of 838 comments were received by the IRS, according to a government website.

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