IRS receives diverse testimony at public hearing regarding proposed regulations for charitable hospitals

Exempt Organizations Tax Services Update

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, representatives from PwC attended the hearings in Washington, DC regarding the proposed regulations for charitable hospitals. Individuals representing eleven organizations delivered comments to a panel of Internal Revenue Service and Treasury representatives and expressed a broad array of concerns about the proposed regulations on IRC Section 501(r), Additional Requirements for Charitable Hospitals. The hearing highlighted many of the concerns expressed in written public comments with respect to numerous key issues: billing and collections procedures, financial assistance policies, and community health needs assessments. Of particular concern was the interaction of the proposed federal rules with existing state regulatory requirements and the application of the federal tax rules to government hospitals also described in section 501(c)(3).

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