WASHINGTON — A professional group of accountants is asking the Internal Revenue Service to give large nonprofit hospitals a grace period of at least three years to fix any tax compliance problems that could jeopardize their tax-exempt status.

During the three-year period, the tax-exempt status of any outstanding bonds issued by the hospital would not be affected, under the proposal the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants made to the IRS in an Oct. 12 letter.

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