``The public has until Feb. 19 to comment on the proposed rules, which the tax agency released late on Friday.

"It could narrow the scope of what is award-eligible," said Scott Knott, a lawyer at The Ferraro Law Firm.

The IRS whistleblower program gathers information from people who want to alert the agency to possible wrongdoing.

Last year, the program collected only $48 million in tax revenue, down from $464 million in fiscal 2010. New whistleblower cases were down as well.''

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