Many documents submitted to the IRS and other government agencies are open for public inspection. When submitting documents to any government agency, do not include nonrequested personal information, in particular Social Security numbers.

The issue concerns potential identity theft.  A Chronicle of Philanthropy study reported that nearly one in five taxexempt organizations submitted forms with one or more Social Security numbers included.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy examined over 3 million Form 990s and discovered 132,000 organizations included at least one Social Security number.  Most Social Security numbers were of donors, trustees, employees, directors, and scholarship winners.

The IRS does not ask for Social Security numbers on a 990 and if Social Security numbers are included, they do not have the discretion to redact them.  The IRS is required to make 990s open to the public for inspection.

Want to ensure the safety and privacy of your organization’s volunteers, board members, trustees, employees, donors, and grant recipients? Have Keep Me Tax Free review your documents prior to filing:


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