IRS Backs Off On Donor SSN Rule

IRS Backs Off On Donor SSN Rule

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The National Council of Nonprofits had rallied against the proposal since it was first introduced in September, primarily on the grounds that it could facilitate scam artists seeking to solicit private information. Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council, said on Thursday that the organization was delighted by the news and that the withdrawal “proves the power of nonprofit advocacy.”

Legislation was proposed in both the House and Senate last month that would prohibit elements of the IRS’ amendment. The National Council has thrown its support behind the House’s bipartisan bill that would bar the IRS from requiring or accepting donors’ Social Security numbers from organizations. The council will continue to support the bill in hopes of preventing future iterations of the IRS’ proposal. Similar proposals were made in the early 1990s and in the late 2000s, Delaney said.

“Again, the feel is that the [current] system has worked. I must say, I am also appreciative of the IRS and Treasury for listening. This proves that the system truly does work,” Delaney said. “We asked them to withdraw it and they did. I think it’s a strong statement by them and the nonprofit community that rallied to protect the public in terms of saying ‘no’ to the gathering of Social Security numbers.”

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