Pandemic good Samaritan faces hefty tax bill for his efforts

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MANSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic is facing a potential tax bill of over $16,000.

Louis Goffinet, 27, of Mansfield began his charitable efforts by picking up groceries for elderly neighbors afraid to go shopping during the early days of the pandemic.

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He would often spend his own money. He later organized two fundraisers on Facebook over a year.

The Hartford Courant reports he helped hundreds of families with groceries, rent money and holiday gifts.

Facebook warns that money generated from a fundraiser on the social medial platform may be taxable.