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SCANPO opposes proposed IRS rule requiring NPOs to collect donor SSNs!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, SCANPO, Monday, December 14, 2015

There’s still time to submit your comments! Comments close Wednesday Dec. 16!

Ready here why the IRS’s proposal to require nonprofits to collect donor SSNs is a bad idea!

Here’s what we sent to the IRS:

The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations opposes this proposed rule. The requirements would place an additional burden on charitable organizations and would expose them to additional liability.

Our donors trust us with their resources, believing in our missions and that we will use those resources to fulfill those missions. If we had to collect personal private information such as their social security numbers, the burden to protect that information would be overwhelming.

This rule would open the door for scam artists to solicit social security numbers and other private information from our donors, all under the protection of this rule. Furthermore, most organizations use cloud-based databases, and while they are often very secure, no encryption is perfect.

Charitable organizations would become targets of determined hackers, knowing that we will have social security numbers. Small organizations would be forced by this rule to spend money that should go to furthering their missions on higher security databases more appropriate for large healthcare systems.

Our donors are already very cautious with their personal information. This rule would be one more obstacle for donors, and there are already so many. Charitable giving will suffer under this rule, and with it, the good work the charitable sector does.

The existing rules are more than sufficient to substantiate donor contributions to validate tax deductions. Please do not add more rules which would force charities into an awkward and legally perilous position, and put at risk the sacred trust between donors and the charities they support.

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