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House seeks to block IRS from making nonprofits list donors

WASHINGTON – The House has voted to bar the Internal Revenue Service from requiring non-profit groups to list their donors on tax returns, saying the agency has failed to keep the information confidential.

The bill was approved Tuesday, 240-182. Republicans say the IRS has shown it can’t be trusted with the information, especially when it comes to conservative groups.

In 2014, a federal court ordered the IRS to pay $50,000 to the conservative National Organization for Marriage after confidential information about the group’s donors was published on the website of a political opponent.

The White House threatened a veto, saying the bill would impede the ability of the IRS to enforce tax laws and reduce transparency for private groups and foundations that are active in politics.