Hurricane Sandy may prompt many taxpayers to open their hearts and wallets to help with relief efforts, but before donating to any charity, taxpayers may want to do some research to ensure an organization is legitimate. Unfortunately, scam artists may see this natural disaster as an opportunity to prey upon unsuspecting, generous people. The IRS has a tool that can be used to research the tax-exempt status of an organization. It’s called Exempt Organization Select Check:. Also, taxpayers may want to see this tax tip which includes numerous resources they may find of interest: http://go.usa.gov/YwZQ. The above links are shortened using go.usa.gov. They are safe, shortened URLs that will direct you to an official IRS website.