IRS Warns of Tax Scams Following Boston Marathon Tragedy
By Jason Bramwell
- One Fund Boston , a charitable fund set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, will streamline donations into one account, which will then be divided up to victims and their families. One Fund Boston Inc. will apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS. Although the fund cannot guarantee that the IRS will make a determination that the organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, if approval is received within the expected time frame, the determination will be retroactive to the date of the fund's formation.
- The Salvation Army , which set up mobile feeding units to help victims at the scene of the bombings, is accepting donations to assist those impacted by the attack and for future emergency situations.
- The American Red Cross says it is not seeking monetary donations for Boston Marathon victims at this time. However, it is urging people  who would like to contribute money to do so via One Fund Boston. To support other Red Cross disaster relief efforts, people can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Boston Children's Hospital  continues to aid in the recovery following the explosions and care for those who were injured. Donations can be made to the hospital's Marathon Program, which supports the hospital's areas of greatest need, or to its Emergency and Trauma fund, which helps children and their families receive the emergency treatment they need when faced with tragedy. People also may make a monetary contribution to support care efforts at Massachusetts General Hospital .
- The Richard Family Fund  was established to help the family of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombings. His mother and sister were also seriously injured in the attack. As of April 22, approximately $158,178 has been donated.
- The Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund was created by Boston University in memory of Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at the university who was killed in the attack. Members of the university's board of trustees have collectively made contributions of more than $560,000 to the fund.
- The family of Krystle Campbell , who was killed in the attack, has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:
- The Bucks for Bauman fundraiser  was created to help Jeff Bauman and his family. Bauman lost both of his legs as a result of the attack, and the money raised will be put toward his medical bills. People can follow Bauman's road to recovery on a Facebook page  created on his behalf.
- A fund for Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky , newlyweds who each lost a leg after sustaining serious leg injuries in the attack, has been established by their family and friends. As of the afternoon on April 22, more than $615,700 has been donated.