Non-profit hospitals get big tax breaks for providing care for patients who can’t afford it. Under new IRS rules these hospitals must take extra steps to inform poor patients they may qualify for financial assistance.
The IRS faces a number of hurdles before its new regulations for social welfare non-profits can be finalized, including potential opposition from Congress.
The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare non-profits that spend money on politics.
The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare non-profit from doing so.
The recent notice is a surreal step that brings what was once an anarchist’s dream come true closer to being a tool of the state.
What’s the good news that might come out of the current IRS scandal? It might rip the veil off of entities that, since the Citizens United decision, wrap themselves in the protective layer of the IRS code only to operate in the shadows.