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IRS extends deadline for hospitals to complete community health needs assessments

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday it is expanding the July 15 extension of time for tax-exempt hospitals to meet their community health needs assessment obligations. “The due date for any CHNA due to be conducted and for any implementation strategy due to be adopted on or after April 1, 2020, and before December 31, 2020, is postponed to December 31, 2020,” the agency said.  

The IRS also provided guidance on how hospitals should document their reliance on the postponement. “The Hospitals using the relief in today’s notice that file Form 990 prior to December 31, 2020, should state in the narrative of Part V.C. of Schedule H (Form 990) that they are eligible for and are relying on the relief provided in the notice, and should not be treated as failing to meet the requirements of section 501(r)(3) prior to December 31, 2020.”

The American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and Catholic Health Association of the United States urged the Department of the Treasury and IRS to recognize the extraordinary circumstances of hospitals in responding to and meeting the needs of communities as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic, and to grant relief from the current deadlines.