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Columbia Journalism Review
May 16, 2013

The Audit
By Ryan Chittum

Journalism organizations, including this one, get in under the educational activity exemption, which requires ďthe instruction of the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community.Ē While the IRSís fumbled the handling of nonprofit news in the last few years, the need for an updated code specifically exempting journalism is clear. Why the nonprofit news mess took so long to sort out is less clear, though itís worth noting, as David Cay Johnston has, that the IRS is seriously understaffed. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University says IRS staffing is down 23 percent in the last two decades, while tax returns are up 27 percent. Do the math.

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