IRS widens pay probe

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* Expanding its probe into compensation at nonprofits and foundations, the IRS will add 70 auditors to its tax-exempt staff, upping the number of agents to roughly 300, and will conduct on-site exams at 500 organizations and question 1,800 more after visiting or sending letters to 200, The New York Times reported Aug. 11.

* Most of the estate of the late Susan Buffett, whose stock in Berkshire Hathaway was worth $2.6 billion, will go to the Buffett Foundation, which would become the largest U.S. foundation on the death of her husband, investor Warren Buffett, who has said he will leave the foundation his Berkshire stock, worth roughly $40 billion, the Associated Press reported Aug. 10.

* The biggest rural hospital system in the U.S. will provide nearly free care to poor uninsured people in Mississippi and two other states, The New York Times reported Aug. 6.

* New Jersey hospitals are getting record funding from the state to provide health care for the uninsured, the Associated Press reported Aug. 6.

* A reviving local economy that is spurring new hiring by charities in Washington, D.C., apparently is not helping trade associations, labor unions and political groups, the Washington Post reported Aug. 9.

* Charity officials say a bill to create a commission to register and monitor New Zealand charities is too strict and costly, and would cause charity officers to resign and people to keep from volunteering, The New Zealand Herald reported Aug. 7.

* The Red Cross Society of China suffers from donor fatigue in the wake of donations last year during the SARS crisis, creating pressure in the face of summer floods this year, Reuters reported Aug. 10.

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