Critics Say New Short Form for Tax-Exempt Status Will Draw 'Cheats'

Critics Say New Short Form for Tax-Exempt Status Will Draw 'Cheats'

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Critics of the short form, including the National Council of Nonprofits and the National Association of State Charity Officers, say the current long version of the application serves important purposes: It educates applicants about the requirements for tax exemption and helps the IRS screen out unscrupulous organizations.

The short form would “undercut the credibility of the entire nonprofit sector,” by allowing “cheats” an easy method of getting an exemption, says Tim Delaney, president of the National Council of Nonprofits.

Mr. Delaney likens the short form to doing away with testing for a driver’s license and relying exclusively on the police to keep roads safe through enforcement.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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