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Congressional Committee Hearing on Tax-Exempt Organizations

May 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Charity, Federal Income Taxes, Governance

Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Ways and Means, announced on Wednesday, May 16th that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing examining operations and oversight of tax-exempt organizations. This will be the first in a series of hearings by the Subcommittee on the tax-exempt sector and IRS oversight of tax-exempt activities

On October 6, 2011, Chairman Boustany sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service seeking information related to the agency’s administration and oversight of tax-exempt organizations (including charitable organizations).  The letter sought information on a variety of topics to help the Committee understand the current state of relations between the IRS and tax-exempt entities, and provide a foundation for further engagement in overseeing this important sector of the U.S. economy.  The letter focused on a number of issues related to corporate governance and compliance, requested information related to new reporting requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, and asked for an update on the ongoing Colleges and University Compliance Project that was launched in 2008.

In announcing this hearing, Chairman Boustany said, “Oversight of the tax-exempt sector is an important priority for the Subcommittee, and it has been an area that both Republicans and Democrats agree needs greater attention.  In my letter to the IRS last October, I asked the IRS about recent efforts to address certain concerns that have been raised regarding the operation of tax-exempt organizations, including corporate governance issues and mishandling of funds by officers.  It is now time for the Subcommittee to hear from members of the tax-exempt community for a more complete picture of the current state of affairs.  This review allows us to examine the state of the tax-exempt sector, as it currently exists today and consider this information as we continue the Committee’s efforts toward comprehensive tax reform.  In both cases the goal is the same – to ensure that the tax-exempt sector is operating in an efficient manner and that the laws governing tax-exempt organizations are being applied fairly and evenly.”

The hearing will focus on certain current issues related to tax-exempt organizations, including the current IRS compliance initiative related to Universities, recently enacted reporting requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, recent efforts by tax-exempt organizations to design and implement good governance standards, and taxpayer involvement in redesigning the Form 990.  In addition, the hearing will discuss the history of recent legislative changes to the tax code dealing with tax-exempt organizations and what prompted those changes.

See the Hearing Advisory of Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp at the following link.

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