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YouTube video text script - Caution: Do Not Include SSNs on Form 990

HI… I’M HECTOR… AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.         

ARE YOU ASSOCIATED WITH A TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATION THAT NEEDS TO FILE A FORM 990?        

IF SO… PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY NOT INCLUDING UNNECESSARY AND UNREQUESTED SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS… OR S-S-N’S… ON THE FORM.      

ALSO…LEAVE OUT ANY OTHER UNNECESSARY PERSONAL INFORMATION.      

THE I-R-S DOES NOT ASK ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE S-S-N’S OF THEIR DONORS… BENEFACTORS… OR ADMINISTRATORS.        

THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FORM ARE CLEAR.        

BUT EVERY YEAR… WE STILL SEE PERSONAL INFORMATION AND S-S-N’S ON THE FORMS.      

HERE’S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO LEAVE THESE THINGS OUT.      

BY LAW… BOTH THE I-R-S AND MOST TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO SHARE THEIR 990 FORMS… ALONG WITH SCHEDULES AND ATTACHMENTS… WITH THE PUBLIC… THE MEDIA  AND OTHERS WHO CAN POST THIS INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET.      

PUBLIC ACCESS TO S-S-N’S AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DONORS… CLIENTS OR BENEFACTORS… COULD CREATE AN OPENING FOR IDENTITY THIEVES.        

IDENTITY THEFT IS A MAJOR CONCERN... AND YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROTECTED.      

ANOTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS…WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU FILE YOUR FORM 990 ELECTRONICALLY.       

E-FILE IS SAFE AND SECURE.      

AND IT REDUCES THE RISK OF INCLUDING  S-S-N’S OR OTHER UNNEEDED PERSONAL INFORMATION ON YOUR 990 FORMS.      

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FILING YOUR TAX-EXEMPT FORMS… INCLUDING THE FILING REQUIREMENTS… GO TO I-R-S-DOT-GOV AND HOVER OVER “INFORMATION FOR” IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER, AND THEN CLICK “CHARITIES AND NON-PROFITS.”       

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 29-Apr-2014