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IRS TE/GE division releases summary of “FY 2017 accomplishments”

IRS TE/GE division summary of “FY 2017 accomplishments”

The IRS today released a summary of examination, determination, and compliance check data for FY 2017 by the Tax Exempt / Government Entities (TE/GE) division.


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An IRS transmittal message reflects information about activities relating to the following TE/GE division functions:

  • Exempt Organizations (EO)—completed examinations and compliance checks, closed determination cases, and final revocations
  • Federal, State and Local Government—completed examinations 
  • Government Entities Compliance Unit—completed examinations and compliance checks
  • Tax-Exempt Bond—completed examinations

Read the IRS summary, Tax Exempt and Government Entities FY 2017 Accomplishments [PDF 279 KB] (dated March 19, 2018). 


The publication highlights the following EO division outcomes for FY 2017:

  • The EO division completed 6,101 examinations in FY 2017, with examinations focusing on, among other issues, the following: failure to meet filing requirements, employment tax issues, unrelated business income, foundation classification, inurement and private benefit, and political and lobbying activities.
  • The EO division revoked the tax-exempt status of 63 organizations.
  • The EO division implemented Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF case selection modeling techniques that use previously tested filters and closed 1,505 returns selected through this process with an examination change rate of 83% (overall change rate for all cases closed for FY 2017 was 82%).
  • The Federal, State and Local Governments function, which was moved into the EO division in FY 2017, closed 1,627 examinations focused on issues such as unreported compensation, worker reclassifications, noncompliance with accountable plans, FICA coverage, and backup withholding requirements.
  • The EO division completed 1,193 section 501(r) reviews and referred 388 hospitals for field examination.
  • The EO division’s Compliance Unit completed 1,289 compliance checks related to numerous compliance projects addressing, for example, failure to file Forms 990-T, 990-PF, 5227, and/or 1041.
  • The EO division received 95,177 applications for recognition of tax-exempt status, granted tax-exempt status to 91,975 organizations, and denied tax-exempt status to 68 organizations.


While the EO division typically releases information on its program accomplishments in its annual work plan, the EO division’s FY 2018 work plan had indicated that FY 2017 accomplishments would be published in a separate document once final results were available. Read TaxNewsFlash-Exempt Organizations 


For more information, contact a tax professional with KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice:

Preston Quesenberry | +1 202 533 3985 | 

Randall Thomas | +1 202 533 3786 |

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