Monday, December 16, 2013

IRS Going After Charities Behavior?

by Gary Snyder

The nominee, John Koskinen to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service said that, if confirmed, he would launch an inquiry into nonprofit organizations that have lost millions of dollars to financial wrongdoing and failed to disclose the circumstances to donors and law enforcement, according to the Washington Post.
Members of Congress have said they are troubled that accounts of multimillion-dollar losses have come to light through news media reports and not from IRS enforcement actions.

The Washington Post reported this year that it had identified more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations that in recent years disclosed on annual tax returns that they had suffered significant diversions — many of them acts of fraud and embezzlement carried out by insiders at the organizations.
The diversions highlighted in the articles totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. But the newspaper’s investigation also found that, in violation of IRS reporting rules, many of the organizations failed to include in their disclosures the amounts they lost and other key details.
After a hearing this week, Senator Charles Grassley submitted a written question to Koskinen, saying he was troubled about the IRS’s “lack of oversight” of charities and nonprofit organizations.

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