Exemption abuse?

Posted Friday, Mar. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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As Congress and the president seek to reduce the deficit and reduce the rising cost of healthcare, I wonder if it is not time for them to take a look at nonprofit medical organizations (e.g. hospitals) that do not pay tax on their income.

As I see it, rising healthcare costs are resulting in larger and more ornate buildings; more expensive and esoteric equipment with limited use; and increasing compensation to medical organization executives.

I am not sure that any of these are consistent with the nonprofit purpose for which these organizations were granted exemption from income tax.

-- David J. Leedy,

Fort Worth

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