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The Low Down on IRS status for Free and Open Source Software Nonprofits in the US

Project: http://sfconservancy.org

There has been a lot of recent press over some denials of tax exemption for US based nonprofits, while other organizations have recently been approved. Karen will discuss the tax situation in the US for free and open source software organizations. This will be a summary of the situation to date and how it impacts organizations in US going forward.

This talk will be geared at people who are interested the corporate underpinnings of free software communities. It hopefully will also help in evaluating whether or not the US is the right venue for a new organization. No prior knowledge of corporate or tax concepts is necessary, but there will be plenty of detail for nonprofit geeks!

We'll dispell some FUD about IRS determinations and give the audience members tools to evaluate their own situations.

Karen Sandler

Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. She is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining Conservancy, she was Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation where she has recently been elected to the Board of Directors. Before that, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes the award winning GNOME Outreach Program for Women and is an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono General Counsel to QuestionCopyright.Org. Karen is a recipient of the O'Reilly Open Source Award and co-host of the oggcast, Free as in Freedom.