Tax Access: Government proposes new tax access rules for schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tax exempt organizations, including private schools, may have to make their tax returns more readily available to the public.

The Treasury Department proposed rules in September to carry out a year-old law which requires tax-exempt organizations to send copies of their annual returns to anyone who submits a written request.

The rules, if approved, will require organizations to mail copies of their tax returns within 30 days of receiving a request. This includes e-mail and fax requests.

The rules also state organizations must provide the documents the same day if a request is made in person.

Organizations must release all parts of a return, according to the proposed rules. However, the names of donors may be excluded.

A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled Feb. 4, 1998, at the IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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