The IRS has published the most recent in a series of news releases that highlight the top twelve tax-related scams for 2021. This release adds five new entries to this list. All of these scams prey upon people’s natural good will to either manipulate people into doing something illegal or to allow the scammers to take something from people. Here is a quick summary:

            The first scam mentioned is when a scammer creates a fake charitable organization, especially after there is a high profile disaster like the recent Surfside Condo collapse, asking you for a charitable contribution to help victims of the disaster, when all you are doing is lining the scammer’s pockets.   If you do get a request for a donation, check out the organization on the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search website to see if it is legit. 

Here are some tips from the IRS…

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