IRS opens up Form 990 data, ushering nonprofit sector into the age of transparency
- Alex Howard for Sunlight Foundation June 16th, 2016
- Source: https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/06/16/irs-opens-up-form-990-data-ushering-nonprofit-sector-into-the-age-of-transparency/
Making meaningful improvements to how the federal government uses the internet can take years, new laws, regulations, demonstration projects, testimony and dogged persistence by public interest advocates and reformers in the pursuit of change. Then, all at once, a dam breaks and a new resource blossoms into a commons online. June 15, 2016 was such a day, when the IRS has begun publishing electronic nonprofit tax returns online in a machine-readable format on Amazon Web Services.
Sunlight has long held that nonprofit e-file data should be open. Now it is.