The Internal Revenue Service has launched an investigation into whether a billionaire philanthropist donated millions to a charity that helps sick children in Alabama.
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is a frequent donor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting children in need.
It’s unclear what Gates gave to the charity, and it is not known whether it’s connected to the Alabama children’s cancer fund.
The nonprofit says Gates donated a total of $1.7 million to the Birmingham Children’s Cancer Fund in 2015, which was used to purchase a hospital, treatment facilities and equipment.
The charity says Gates did not give a dime to the foundation until April 1, 2018.
A spokesman for the charity said Friday that Gates has donated the maximum allowable amount to the fund since its inception in 2000.
The charity said it received a report of a violation of federal tax laws on April 2, 2018 and a referral to the Internal Revenue Services.
The IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Alabama children, who were diagnosed with cancer in May and have not yet recovered, have been without support.
In August, a state health official said the children were at risk of dying from their cancer.