IRS Withdraws Proposal for Donor Social Security Numbers

The IRS has backed away from a controversial proposal by which 501(c)(3) organizations could send the agency Social Security numbers and other personal information about donors giving gifts over $250.  This rulemaking set off intense alarm bells across the charitable sector last month.  Many expressed concern about security risks, scams, and new administrative burdens, as well as the possibility that providing such donor information could quickly move from being voluntary to mandatory.  In the Federal Register this week, the IRS acknowledged that it had received numerous comments and “many comments expressed significant concerns about donee organizations collecting and maintaining taxpayer identification numbers for purposes of the specific-use information return…. Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking is being withdrawn.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: January 8, 2016

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