Monday, April 8, 2013

IRS Releases More Data on Information Returns

Here is some news that should interest scholars desiring to conduct empirical analysis of the charitable sector.  As reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the IRS has begun to release data appearing on the information returns filed by charities in a format that will aid analysis.  The story states that, although not everything disclosed on Forms 990 and related forms appears in the new format, it does include “figures on sources of financial support, total assets and revenue, spending on overhead and programs, and compensation paid to a group’s top-paid officials.”   The measure has reportedly drawn praise from Tom Pollak, program director of the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute, which intends to post the data on its Web site soon.


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