Thursday, December 13, 2007

“The IRS’s Role in an Evolving Charitable Sector”

Steven T. Miller, IRS Director of Tax Exempt and Governmenter Entities, recently gave a speech before the Council on Philanthropy that can be downloaded here:  Download IRSRoleEvolvingCharitableSector.pdf   Here is one of the more provocative parts of the speech:

Please understand that I am not saying that no valid differences exist between the non-profit and for-profit sectors. I am asking something more nuanced: to what degree has the non-profit sector drifted toward the commercial sector, and to what extent should it be taxed like the for-profit sector? And even where the exempt sector acknowledges unrelated commercial activity, why are so many organizations declaring losses on these endeavors? It seems as if the IRS needs to police this Drift Line.


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