Opened 10 months ago

Closed 6 months ago

#31342 closed defect (fixed)

Tor donor FAQ gives advice that may be illegal

Reported by: aliraheem Owned by: sstevenson
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Website Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: traumschule, trac-dip-importer, sstevenson Actual Points:
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The Tor donor FAQ could be seen to suggest breaking up payments to avoid being identified to IRS/governments/tax authorities.
Could this be considered potentially against the law in some jurisdictions as per structuring laws?

Item 23 of quoted below.

Is the Tor Project required to identify me as a donor to the United States government, or to any other authority?

If you donate $5,000 or more to the Tor Project in a single year, we are required to report the donation amount and your name and address (if we have it) to the IRS, on Schedule B of the Form 990, which is filed annually. However, it's normal for nonprofits to redact individual donor information from the copy of the 990 that's made publicly-available, and that's what we do. We are not required to identify donors to any other organization or authority, and we do not. (Also, if you wanted, you could give us $4,999 in late 2018 and $4,999 in early 2019.)

Emphasis added.

Perhaps the last line in parenthesis could be left unsaid?

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Change History (6)

Changed 10 months ago by aliraheem

comment:1 Changed 10 months ago by pili

Cc: sstevenson added

Copying in Sarah as she may know more about this

comment:2 Changed 10 months ago by gaba

Yes. We are going to change this answer. Thanks for bringing this up!

comment:3 Changed 10 months ago by gaba

Owner: changed from hiro to sstevenson
Status: newassigned

comment:4 Changed 6 months ago by sstevenson

comment:5 Changed 6 months ago by sstevenson

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed
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