#31342 closed defect (fixed)

Tor donor FAQ gives advice that may be illegal

Reported by: aliraheem Owned by: sstevenson
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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? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structuring#Definition

Item 23 of https://donate.torproject.org/donor-faq 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 15 months ago by aliraheem

comment:1 Changed 15 months ago by pili

Cc: sstevenson added

Copying in Sarah as she may know more about this

comment:2 Changed 15 months ago by gaba

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

comment:3 Changed 15 months ago by gaba

Owner: changed from hiro to sstevenson
Status: newassigned

comment:4 Changed 11 months ago by sstevenson

comment:5 Changed 11 months ago by sstevenson

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed
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