The IRS reminds taxpayers to research charities before making donations

The holiday season often prompts people to give money or property to charity. If you plan to give and want to claim a tax deduction, there are a few tips you should know before you give. As individuals and businesses are deciding where to make their donations, the IRS reminds taxpayers to research charities before making donations. Did you know the IRS has a tool that allows users to search for charities? Below we’ve highlighted four fast acts about the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search tool:

Understanding your 4883C Letter

If you received Letter 4883C, it is not fraud. It is a legitimate request, from the IRS, asking you to verify your identity. The letter will contain instructions to call the toll-free IRS Identity Verification telephone number at 800-830-5084. Before you call, gather the following items:

Checking the Status of Your Tax Refund

The “Where’s My Refund?” tool is available on irs.gov and through the IRS mobile app, IRS2GO. Updated daily, “Where’s My Refund?” has the most up-to-date information about the status of your refund. The tool displays when your return is received, approved and sent. After the IRS approves the refund, an actual refund date is provided.

Four Tax Credits That Can Mean a Refund for Eligible Taxpayers

Taxpayers might be eligible for a tax refund and don’t even know it. The IRS reminds taxpayers that they might qualify for a tax credit that can result in money in their pocket. Taxpayers need to file a 2017 tax return to claim these credits. Below are four tax credits that can mean a refund for eligible taxpayers: