IRS Tax-Exempt Status & FaiF 0x4E

Bradley M. Kuhn at 2014-09-26T15:28:43Z

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As this relates to actions of my employing agency even though in a separate Business Operating Division, I cannot comment in the matter openly even though I may wish to.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2014-09-26T15:39:57Z

Bradley, you do incredibly important work and are highlighting an important problem, but I think ending with "people are lazy" may be a lazy answer to this important problem and is unlikely to promote a change in behavior. If these form 990s contain so much valuable information, then perhaps there needs to be a push to make this information much more accessible? Those forms are designed by the IRS for the IRS. They are not designed for busy people (who are probably trying to do good in the world) to gain an understanding of the financial workings of a non-profit. I took a look at Apache's 2012, and I found a 57 page document where it was not immediately clear to me what information was important and what wasn't. I will have to put aside the time to read through it later, and I may not have that time available. If that makes me lazy, then I'll accept that criticism and work on it. But I suspect if we expect people to become Form 990 experts, there will not be forward progress on this issue.

Perhaps there should be a project to digest the data in these forms into something that would be accessible for more people. Something that highlighted the most important information while allowing digging into more details as necessary. Heck we can even dream of an API to make it easy to access this data so that there can be new ways of presenting the data.

Charles Stanhope at 2014-09-26T18:00:36Z

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I just found https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/ and blogged about it - may be an answer to this conversation!

Sumana Harihareswara at 2017-12-03T18:24:44Z