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IRS Rejects Complaint Against Doctors Without Borders for its Medical Work in Gaza

October 24, 2018

In late August 2018 the Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC), which is spearheading legal tactics aimed at NPOs working in Palestine, announced via facebook that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rejected its effort to revoke the charitable, tax-exempt status of Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF - Medecins Sans Frontiers). The IRS does not publish its decisions in such cases, but TZAC’s complaint, minus the appendices, is available in a 2016 news story from War News Information Press. It argues that by working with the Ministry of Health in Gaza to provide hospital services MSF provided material support to Hamas, because the Ministry of Health is part of the Hamas-ruled local government in Gaza. A source at MSF said it had no information about the complaint. 

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*Lara Kalwinski, Senior Counsel, Compliance and Policy and Executive Director National Standards at the Council on Foundations, on the 2017 IRS enforcement workplan.

*Marc Owens, Partner. Loeb & Loeb LLP and former Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS, on how the IRS audit process works.

*Alex Reid, Partner, Morgan Lewis, on how to prepare for and survive an IRS audit.
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