Are You Planning To Make a Donation? How To Find Out if the Charity Is Legitimate

It’s rewarding to support a cause you care about, but before you donate, make sure the charity is legitimate. Doing some research can help ensure donations go to qualified charities and help donors avoid scams. The IRS’s Tax Exempt Organization Search tool is a great place to start.

charitable donations tax benefitsThe tool allows donors to confirm that an organization is tax-exempt (or had its tax-exempt status revoked) and eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Users can also view information about an organization’s federal tax status and filings.

Users can search for an organization by legal name or a doing business as name on file with the IRS or Employer Identification Number.

Users may also download complete lists of organizations eligible to receive deductible contributions, auto-revoked organizations and e-Postcard filers using links on the Tax Exempt Organization Search page of IRS.gov.

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