The Government Accountability Office is urging the Internal Revenue Service to require more comprehensive reporting of data relating to donor-advised funds, in an effort to address tax compliance challenges.In its report, the GAO outlined a series of steps for the IRS in data collection regarding tax-exempt donor-advised funds including suggesting that the Service collect Form 990 data for, and provide guidance on calculating payout rates for donor-advised funds and supporting organizations, as well as urging Congress to provide the IRS with the authority to protect taxpayer identification numbers from public disclosure. The GAO also recommended that the IRS require more thorough reporting of supporting organizations' ID numbers of and report the TINs of recipients of large loans.In contrast to private foundations, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations give donors less control over how donations will be used, but provide more favorable tax deductions, lower administration costs, less oversight from the IRS and fewer reporting requirements.
As a result, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations are two charitable-giving options that have attracted the attention of Congress and the IRS for their potential for noncompliance.
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