Question: Why does the IRS need the social security numbers of those who donate to nonprofits and ministries?
Answer: They don't.
Under a new proposed IRS regulation, the IRS would give nonprofits the option to collect Social Security numbers of donors who contribute $250 or more to an organization or ministry. The funny thing about "optional" regulations is that they tend to be required regulations in very short order. And, we all know that the IRS is no fan of conservatives organizations or Christian ministries. This proposed regulation (and its inevitable expansion if adopted) would give them access to more information about the individuals who selflessly help fund ministries and other nonprofits.
Furthermore, donors are less likely to donate to ministries and other nonprofits doing good works if they feel like their information could be compromised or even used to punish them in some way. This proposed regulation would almost certainly decrease the support of donors to ministries and other charitable organizations doing good works for our communities, state, and nation.
Consider this excerpt from the Heritage Foundation (emphasis added):
Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joined Martin in opposing the proposed rule. In an interview with The Daily Signal, von Spakovsky cited a lawsuit the National Organization for Marriage filed against the IRS alleging that an official with the tax agency leaked a copy of confidential tax information listing the group’s donors. The IRS paid the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 to settle the suit.
“Just think if they had leaked not only the names of the donors, but Social Security numbers,” von Spakovsky said. “I don’t trust the government to have that information, and there’s no reason for them to have that information.”
What Can You Do?
Right now, this is a proposed regulation by the IRS. This means it hasn't become official yet, and the regulation is open for public comment.
Please take some time to leave your public comments against this proposed regulation HERE.
The deadline for public comment is
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16th.
Feel free to use your own words, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- Ministries, charitable organizations, and other nonprofits are valued by their communities for providing charitable and other services to benefit the common good, and the law recognizes this. Why would the Government create a regulation that has a chilling effect on donors' willingess to donate to these nonprofits? Donors' willingness to donate will be inhibited if they feel they have to provide sensitive information like their social security number with an accompanying donation. I strongly oppose this proposed regulation.
- Large corporations and even the federal government have proven that hackers can obtain sensitive information, even using secured technologies. How much more likely would it be for hackers to target nonprofits for identity theft? The additional administrative and fiscal costs to nonprofits to maintain extra security for social security numbers would take time and money away from their valuable charitable works. I strongly oppose this proposed regulation.
- There is absolutely no reason that a nonprofit needs to receive a donor's social security number with a donation, and there is no reason for the IRS to obtain this sensitive information through a donee nonprofit. I strongly oppose this proposed regulation.
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