WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service will use the information that tax-exempt hospitals submit to it under the new Form 990 to determine if they provide enough community benefits to remain tax-exempt, a top IRS official said this week.

The agency also is considering overhauling its community benefit standard, which dates back to 1969 and has not kept up with major changes in the hospital sector, Steven T. Miller, the IRS tax-exempt and government entities commissioner, said in a speech before the Texas attorney general's office in Austin on Monday.

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