WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office awarded more than $61 million to whistleblowers in fiscal 2016, the agency said Thursday.

IRS officials called fiscal 2016 a "transformative" year for the program, which had 418 awards, a 322% increase from the 99 awards made in fiscal 2015. The program helps the IRS detect and deter tax noncompliance.

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