Tax Resolution Services, Co. Offers Tips to Avoid Hurricane Donation Tax Scams

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Leading tax relief firm wants charitable donors to know about recent IRS bulletin so they avoid scams when making end of year charitable donations to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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I had to share the IRS bulletin the minute I read it. Many well intentioned taxpayers may be not aware of the scam artists out there impersonating charities in order to receive money fraudulently

The Internal Revenue Service released a bulletin aimed at warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent schemes that may occur after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Michael Rozbruch, CEO and founder of leading tax relief firm Tax Resolution Services, Co., shared these IRS tips on his tax relief blog, called Tax Resolution University to help educate people who are looking for ways to support victims of the disaster.

“Consumers can depend on my blog for up to the minute IRS tips and resources,” Rozbruch says, “I had to share the IRS bulletin the minute I read it. Many well intentioned taxpayers may be not aware of the scam artists out there impersonating charities in order to receive money fraudulently. It’s great to give for personal and tax reasons, but only to legitimate causes.”

For consumers interested in donating their funds to disaster relief organizations Rozbruch included this pertinent advice from the IRS bulletin and in the post IRS Tax Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims:

  • Some scammers operating bogus charities may contact people by telephone to solicit money or financial information.
  • Some may contact disaster victims directly claiming they are with the IRS bringing tax help to victims so they can file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds. This may be an attempt to get personal financial information to steal the victims’ identities or financial resources.
  • Never give or send cash – only contribute via check or credit card. This provides you with documentation and is better for security and tax purposes.
  • Protecting assets and preventing mismanagement of funds by educating oneself are proactive steps to financial freedom. One of the best ways the consumer can assure end of year charitable donation goes to a legitimate agency is to visit the list of qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible located on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at fema.gov.

Rozbruch says, “Be cautious this holiday season about donating your money to an agency whose name sounds similar but is not the nationally known organization. Be equally cautious about giving out your social security number and personal financial information. Don’t let your generosity in giving to those in need be affected by scamming Grinches.”

For more expert analysis of breaking tax news and other financial issues facing the nation, visit Michael Rozbruch's blog at http://www.taxresolution.com/blog.

About Tax Resolution Services, Co. (TRS)
The tax attorneys, CPAs, EAs, and tax relief professionals at Tax Resolution Services, Co., have successfully settled thousands of cases over the past 14 years, and are committed to providing affordable, competitive solutions to businesses and individuals. Michael Rozbruch, the founder and CEO of TRS is one of the nation's leading experts on solving tax problems. Rozbruch has been the guest expert on over 150 radio stations across the country including the nationally syndicated show Big Biz Radio and has been the guest expert numerous times on Fox 11, KABC and KCAL television news segments. To find out how Tax Resolution Services, Co. can help, or to receive a free tax problem consultation, visit TaxResolution.com or call (888) 851-5894.

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