Google “IRS.” Do you see annihilation on the capital IRS landing folio about nonprofit or absolved organizations?
What does this absence of a absolute and arresting articulation to nonprofit and absolved organizations say about the candor of an IRS Commissioner’s acknowledging charge and precedent—especially in acknowledgment to a advocacy and absolute appeal from the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Absolved and Government Entities (ACT) that would be to the account of the public, nonprofit sector, and the IRS Absolved Organizations analysis (EO)?
The IRS Absolved Organizations’ aperture homepage and its accompanying webpages are the best important adeptness for baby and mid-sized absolved organizations for acquiescence information. Yet a awful arresting absolute articulation to EO’s aperture home folio was removed from the IRS capital landing folio and now is active on the site. EO’s web pages are effective, efficient, accessible 24/7, and bigger than the alternatives. After all, it isn’t acceptable one can alarm an IRS 800 cardinal and get an acknowledgment in their lifetime…that is to say, quickly!
The 2012, 2013, and 2014 IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Absolved and Government Entities’ Absolved Alignment subcommittee spent endless hours reviewing the IRS and Absolved Organization’s web pages. A accepted affair beyond our letters was the charge for the IRS to accomplish assets (“human, financial, and technical”) to advance its web based technology to account the nonprofit area decidedly for baby and mid-sized nonprofits for which IRS web pages are their primary adeptness of authentic information.
The 2012 address “Exempt Organizations: Anatomy 1023–Updating It for the Future” recognized:
“The IRS should accelerate the centralized processes and accomplish the all-important assets (human, financial, and technical) to transform Anatomy 1023 to an alternate Web-based Anatomy e-1023 that can be filed electronically and stored, transmitted, and broadcast in an cyberbanking database format. This admonition will serve as the cyberbanking aperture for IRS adeptness about tax-exempt organizations.”
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the accomplishing of the Anatomy 1023-EZ application, the IRS now processes about 70 percent of new applications through this online form. Having afresh bargain its appliance fee, this allotment acceptable will increase.
The 2013 “Leveraging Limited IRS Assets in the Tax Administration of Baby Tax-Exempt Organizations” stated:
“The IRS should abide to alter its website and advance its accessibility to individuals affianced in managing baby absolved organizations. This should accommodate the conception of arresting links alpha with the IRS capital web landing folio (www.irs.gov) and the accession of links that visitors can use to address problems and that action visitors admonition for abyssal assets accessible on the site.”
This address accustomed the cogent amount to the area and the IRS by accouterment admonition to the accessible through the web and the use of accessible cyberbanking abstracts reporting.
The IRS reorganized EO’s home landing folio and began the action of reorganizing EO webpages to become added chump friendly. In addition, the IRS now provides Anatomy 990 forms in an cyberbanking database architecture through Amazon Web Services. We will activate to see allowances from the sector’s adeptness to assay these ample cyberbanking databases. In the meantime, it is a cogent footfall in transforming the IRS EO’s adeptness to breeze admonition electronically into, through, and out of its databases as envisioned by these reports.
The 2014 “Exempt Organizations: Analysis and Recommendations Regarding Unrelated Business Income Tax Acquiescence of Colleges and Universities” recommended:
“The IRS should abide to advantage its use of its cyberbanking database and web based assets to advance and enhance its communications, education, and training. The IRS should abide to improve, update, and enhance the accessible and tax professional’s admission to the IRS abstracts and admonition accessible on its website.”
The IRS provides educational online webinar programs, which replaced a accustomed in-person training affairs for baby and mid-sized nonprofits that congenital abundant amicableness for the IRS amid its participants. As the IRS reorganizes its adeptness administration capabilities, the accessible and nonprofit area will account from accessible admission to its Adeptness Networks (K-Nets) and agnate cyberbanking resources.
The IRS EO and IT agents should be about accustomed and congratulated for authoritative this advance in aggravating times. Citing both the 2013 and 2014 recommendations, however, the 2016 IRS ACT address “Exempt Organizations: Stewards of the Accessible Trust: Long-Range Planning for the Future of the IRS and the Absolved Community” accent that their efforts abide a assignment in progress.
“We accede that a advocacy that the IRS amend its website is not a new idea. As allotment of this report, the ACT continues to acclaim that the IRS undertake a analysis of its website to appraise and assay its affluence of use by the nonprofit community, abnormally by abate nonprofits that may not accept the assets to appoint professionals to accommodate admonition on their activities and reporting.”
But one 2016 advocacy is distressing! The ACT’s advocacy can and should be implemented immediately!
“At a minimum, as has ahead been appropriate by the ACT, the IRS home folio should accept a articulation to the EO home folio to accomplish it accessible for an alignment to jump from www.irs.gov to the EO allocation of the website.”
The 2013 ACT Absolved Alignment subcommittee didn’t aloof suggest! We fabricated it arise by anon allurement IRS Commissioner Werfel to put a awful arresting and absolute articulation to “jump” anon to EO’s landing folio from irs.gov during our ACT September 2013 accessible audition afore him.
Recognizing an accessible win for the IRS, the ACT, and, best importantly, the nonprofit sector, Commissioner Werfel responded immediately, positively, and alone to the ACT’s simple request!
You’re right! Afore the end of the day there will be a articulation to EO’s home folio from irs.gov.
True to his word, a awful arresting and absolute articulation appeared afore the aing of business on the centermost tab area of irs.gov to the EO home page—likely the fastest accomplishing anytime of an ACT recommendation! EO cartage began to increase. The articulation remained there until ancient in 2014, aback the articulation began to arise intermittently. Finally, the IRS active it from this arresting and arresting area with accessible absolute admission and unceremoniously placed it in its accepted location. This act was a baby but awful allegorical accident to the nonprofit area and to EO in its interagency struggles.
So why (and, perhaps, who) agilely countermanded Commissioner Werfel’s specific charge by removing this absolute link? I agnosticism it was Commissioner Koskinen’s decision. He has been focused on added issues.
Commissioner Werfel and his successor, Commissioner Koskinen, allotment a accepted bond: They both accelerating from Duke University—a actuality acclaimed in acceptable amusement by this University of North Carolina alum during our ACT accessible hearings. They accept watched Hall of Fame Coach K advance their Duke Blue Devil basketball teams to abounding wins, including NCAA basketball championships and the casual win over the UNC Tar Heels.
Coach K aloof alternate from arch the 2016 U.S. Olympic basketball aggregation to its third after gold badge and his accustomed ten-year adventure to clean Aggregation USA basketball. Coach K knows wins and architecture a solid affairs crave integrity, charge and bendability of purpose by leadership. He additionally recognizes that some wins are easier than others.
Commissioner K, here’s your befalling for an accessible win that
Will you amuse accompany aback the absolute Absolved Alignment articulation on irs.gov?
UPDATE: After this article’s publication, and with little fanfare, the articulation was adequate to the advanced page. Read all about it here.
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