Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) of the House Subcommittee on Oversight has asked Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman to provide extensive information regarding IRS oversight of tax-exempt organizations. The letter opens by citing a joint hearing with another Subcommittee last April on the AARP and states "Members of both Subcommittee have expressed concern that other tax-exempt organizations may not be complying with the letter or the spirit of the tax-exempt regime, yet continue to enjoy the benefits of tax exemption." Besides requesting general information about the overall size of the sector, Chairman Boustany's letter focuses on a range of compliance topics, including IRS use of data collected on the expanded Form 990, unrelated business income, audit selection and priorities, and current enforcement initiatives. As noted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article, "The request builds on a broader effort among House Republicans to determine whether some nonprofits are improperly classified as tax exempt." The letter asks the Commissioner to respond by no later than October 20th.