This Connecticut teacher was trying to help his neighbors with groceries, but when he raised over $40,000 on Facebook, he ended up with a $16,000 tax bill

Goffinet was teaching online at Lebanon Middle School at the time, but the demand for his services was high, and he spent a lot of time at the grocery store, sometimes making nine trips in one day. He tracked 140 grocery trips on a spreadsheet he kept, along with providing Friday night dinners for 125 families, holiday gift cards for 20 families so they could buy gifts for their children, 31 Thanksgiving dinners and he assisted five families in paying rent. Local businesses, like Domino’s Pizza in Storrs, contributed food to the effort.

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