8th-grade teacher who raised thousands of dollars to buy groceries for others now owes the IRS over $16K

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MANSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Louis Goffinet, an 8th-grade teacher, now owes the IRS over $16,000 from money raised to help others financially during the pandemic.

When the pandemic began, he started raising money to help people buy groceries. Many lost their jobs and fell on hard times. People grew so kind he was able to do a lot more with the cash.

He said, “Everything we raised is back in the community in the form of groceries rent assistance utility assistance we bought people Friday night dinners we sent people to the drive-in theater for families for one of the kids birthdays.”

When asked why he was being taxed when he had no personal gain, he said, “Because it went through a third-party payment processor like Stripe they’re the ones that automatically issue a 1099K and report it to the IRS.”

Stripe is a fundraising platform on Facebook used by a variety of clientele, from startup companies to Fortune 500s. Through the platform, he raised over $41,000.

“To sort of be punished in the sense by the government for really stepping up it feels like helping to address the biggest emergency of my lifetime is really a mixed message,” he added. 

Louis posted his plea on Facebook asking for donations to cut down on the sum he owes to the governments. He said he’s, “optimistic that the community far and wide will be able to pitch in.”

Louis is collecting donations from people who want to help him pay the money he owes to the IRS.

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