There has been a development in a story we have been following for a few months. Earlier this year, a U.S. federal judge ordered the IRS to release Forms 990 in a computer-readable format after a court battle with open-records activist Carl Malamud. Though the IRS intended to appeal the ruling, it has now produced these fax forms and have withdrawn the appeal. This has been the first step in Malamud’s efforts to make all Forms 990 electronically available so individuals can perform digital searches for information about nonprofit financial information.
During the court battle, the IRS argued that producing the documents requested by Mr. Malamud would create a burden on the agency, which has been working with limited resources and would have to train employees how to remove confidential information in these forms under the new format.
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