Surprising Things the U.S. Government Knows About You

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Charitable donations

The IRS learns about our charitable contributions through our itemized tax returns; plus charities themselves are required to file a Schedule of Contributors, aka Form 990 Schedule B, listing contributions received, with donors’ names and addresses.

The IRS can share that info with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, if they have a court order. The Treasury Department recently exempted certain nonprofits from revealing donor names and addresses, explaining in a press release that “the IRS makes no systematic use of Schedule B with respect to these organizations in administering the tax code.”

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