Tax Exempt Status Statement
Statement from the S4TS Board:
Updated: December 7, 2020
For the past 10 years, Shoes 4 the Shoeless has served our community and
fulfilled a desperate and often overlooked need. We take great pride in the
reputation that our organization has earned within our community. Part of
that reputation is being forthright in the administrative, operational, and
regulatory aspects of our mission.
On August 10, 2020, we received a notice from the IRS that our tax-exempt
status had been automatically revoked retroactively to May 15, 2020.
Essentially this meant we were not able to provide tax deductible status to
our donors for contributions received after this date. We were confident
this notice had been received in error. Accordingly, on August 11, 2020, we
appealed the action with the IRS in hopes that our tax-exempt status would
be reinstated retroactively to May 15, 2020. It is important to note that
our Board felt it imperative we continue all operations and services in
pursuit of meeting one of poverty’s biggest unmet needs while working to
resolve the situation with the IRS.
On September 24, 2020, we received another notice from the IRS acknowledging
our appeal and informing us they needed 60-days to complete a review of the
appeal. At that time we were confident the situation would be resolved by
the end of November 2020. On November 25, 2020, we received another notice
from the IRS informing us they needed an additional 60-days to complete the
review of our appeal. We remain confident this situation will be resolved
and our tax exempt status reinstated retroactively to May 15, 2020.
Unfortunately, at this time we are uncertain as to the timeline for the IRS
to complete their review and provide feedback.
The S4TS Board will provide updates via this website page as soon as new
information is available.