The Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder to tax-exempt organizations not to include Social Security Numbers on publicly disclosed forms.

In an email to exempt organizations Thursday, the IRS wrote, “Because the IRS is required to disclose approved exemption applications and information returns, exempt organizations shouldn’t include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, on these forms. By law, with limited exceptions, the IRS has no authority to remove that information before making the forms publicly available.”

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