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Transparency Group Wins IRS Docs In New Format

Law360, New York (January 30, 2015, 1:49 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday ruled that the Internal Revenue Service must hand over electronic documents in a machine-readable format as requested by government transparency group Public.Resource.org under the Freedom of Information Act in an order on the organization’s motion for summary judgment.

Judge William H. Orrick rejected the IRS’ claim that its policy of producing Forms 990, tax returns for tax-exempt groups, in an image-only format complies with the FOIA and ordered the agency to produce the 990s as Modernized e-File, which is readable...
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