Reasons mount for a conflict-of-interest policy
Abstract: Questions on the new Form 990 are the latest reasons to have a conflict-of-interest policy in place. The new form, now in use for 2008 returns, directly asks if a tax-exempt nonprofit has a written conflict-of-interest policy. The IRS doesn’t require charities to adopt such a policy (or other policies). But lacking one could prompt the agency to take a closer look at an organization’s tax returns. Having a conflict-of-interest policy also is important for obtaining tax-exempt status. This article looks at specific issues a policy should address, while a short sidebar discusses the importance of putting it in writing.