Exempt Organization abusive tax avoidance transactions


Tax-exempt organizations, by definition, are exempt from federal income tax under various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. However, some are directly involved in abusive tax avoidance transactions (ATATs). In addition, because they are tax-indifferent, tax-exempt organizations are, at times, used by for-profit entities as accommodation parties in these transactions. Identifying and responding to ATATs involving tax-exempt organizations is critical to the IRS objective of discouraging and deterring non-compliance within tax-exempt and government entities. Former Commissioner Everson emphasized this in a hearing conducted by the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate on Charitable Giving Problems and Best Practices.

Report an Abusive Transaction Involving an Exempt Organization

You may use Form 13909, Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) FormPDF, to report an abusive transaction involving an exempt organization. To send a written complaint by mail, send to the following address:

EO Referrals
MC 4910DAL
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75242

In addition, the IRS Office of Tax Shelter Analysis maintains a hotline that can be used to provide information about abusive tax shelters.

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