The November 21, 2008 Daily Tax Report published by BNA, reported on IRS Commissioner Steve Miller’s comments at the annual Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations held in Los Angeles on November 20th. Miller’s theme was full disclosure and transparency regarding tax exempt organizations’ operations.
According to Commissioner Miller, the revised Form 990, which is the annual tax return filed by tax exempt organizations, and greater information required at the creation of the organization, as required by Form 1023, will facilitate the IRS monitoring these organizations. Miller was quoted as saying "[w]e intend to let the sun shine" on governance issues. Thus, it will become increasingly important to have the board of directors actively review key decisions and document those decisions in Minutes.
The Daily Tax Report quoted Miller as saying the IRS will focus on the following:
- Conflict of Interest policies