Scams Relating to South Carolina Flood Relief

Income Tax—Scams Relating to South Carolina Flood Relief

The IRS issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to severe flooding this month in South Carolina and neighboring states.

Taxpayers should be wary of charities with names that are similar to nationally known organizations—the IRS website (www.irs.gov) has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, that helps taxpayers find legitimate, qualified charities that are eligible to receive tax deductible donations.

Furthermore, taxpayers should not give or send cash, and should not provide personal financial information—such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers—to solicitors. Further information about tax scams is available on www.irs.gov , search phrase “scams and schemes”. News Release IR-2015-114.