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June 18, 2015

Tax Breaks for Nonprofit Hospitals Doubled in a Decade

The tax exemption received by nonprofit hospitals has doubled over the last decade, The Washington Post reports, citing a new study. In 2011, nonprofit hospitals received $24.6 billion in tax breaks, compared to $12.6 billion in 2002, according to the study by the journal Health Affairs.

Some object to the tax benefits for hospitals, citing the rising and inconsistant costs at hopitals and whether more of their profits should return to the community.

Though the IRS does not generally audit community-benefit expenditures reported by hospitals, in 2010 the Affordable Care Act expanded reporting requirements, asking hospitals to disclose how much they spend on “community health improvement.”