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Foxx Votes to Protect Nonprofits from IRS Targeting

WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of legislation that prohibits the IRS from requiring nonprofit organizations to include information on contributors in annual filings.

“Taxpayers shudder at the mere mention of the IRS, and that image hasn’t been helped since the federal government’s most feared agency admitted to singling out conservative groups for unprecedented, invasive scrutiny,” said Foxx. “As Americans, we expect our government to preserve, protect and defend our rights - not target them for political gain and control. The legislation we passed today will further curb the ability of the IRS to hinder free speech and civic participation among the public.”   

Form 990 is a document submitted to the IRS annually by 501(c) organizations to verify their tax-exempt status, and Schedule B is a portion of IRS Form 990 that lists the type and value of contributions and the name and address of donors who give more than $5,000 per year. Previously IRS employees have leaked the Schedule B form and the personally identifiable information of conservative donors.

H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, protects the identity of individuals who contribute to tax-exempt organizations by repealing the Schedule B requirement from the Form 990 filing.


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.

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