IRS Seeks Comments on Public Disclosure of Sensitive Information

July 14, 2011

An important issue is currently under consideration by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relating to reporting of international activity data on the Form 990 that could have a significant impact to your ministry.

Later this month, ECFA will be submitting a letter to the IRS to express our strong concerns on this issue and we want to give members an opportunity to sign-on to this letter.

After the draft of a revised Form 990 was circulated in 2007, ECFA opposed the inclusion of sensitive information on Schedule F of the form. This would have resulted in the mandatory public disclosure of specific international support recipients, placing in jeopardy the health and safety of countless workers and affiliate organizations around the globe.

While in 2007 we were successful in getting the IRS to exclude the proposed information from required reporting on Form 990, Schedule F, the IRS is now asking for input on requiring this information.

For member organizations that are a Form 990 filer (either mandatory or voluntary) and believe the proposed inclusion of data might impact your organization in its international operations, please join us in signing on to the letter to the IRS. The IRS has requested comments whether this is really a concern for organizations.

To sign the letter, please complete this form and send to ECFA so that it arrives by noon on July 26.

If you have any questions, please forward them to John Van Drunen, ECFA’s Vice President –

This text is provided with the understanding that ECFA is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice or service. Professional advice on specific issues should be sought from an accountant, lawyer, or other professional.

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