Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ohio Asks Private Nonprofit Hospitals to "Justify" Their Tax Exemption

We recently blogged about Great Britain asking private schools to "justify" their tax exemptions.  It seems that Ohio is doing the same with its private hospitals.  Ohio.com announced on January 22, 2008, that the attorney general in that state is asking nonprofit tax exempt hospitals to "justify" their exemption.  Here is an excerpt from the story:

For the second time since 2006, Ohio's top law enforcer is seeking information on 174 Ohio hospitals that get tax breaks linked to their status as nonprofit, charitable organizations.

Attorney General Marc Dann, a Democrat elected in January, wants the institutions to justify their tax-exempt status and has launched an effort to collect detailed data on their operations, including how much they pay their executives, how they collect unpaid medical bills, how much charity care they provide, and what financial information they share with the public.

A similar effort by Dann's predecessor, Republican Jim Petro, was largely abandoned in 2006 amid criticism from leaders of hospitals and other nonprofit groups. The attorney general's office enforces laws governing nonprofit organizations.

For the entire story, go to "Ohio's top lawyer asks nonprofit hospitals to justify tax breaks" at Ohio.com

DAB

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