[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OpenStack Foundation Tax Exempt Status

Radcliffe, Mark Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com
Thu Aug 27 21:03:30 UTC 2015

Thanks, it was a group effort: Lee Sheller used his deep knowledge of the IRS to discover the misconceptions of the IRS about OpenStack in particular and FOSS in general (Lee now knows more about open source than any other tax lawyer in the country) and   Jonathan, Mark and Lauren did a fantastic job of gathering the information which included reviewing all of the presentations in the last four summits  (1300 in total)  to put them in categories for the IRS letter. 

Thank you to the foundation folks, Mark/DLA Piper, and the community..


On 8/26/15, 12:16 PM, "Jonathan Bryce" <jonathan at openstack.org> wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>I'm very happy to report that after a lengthy process with the US 
>Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including an initial denial and an 
>appeal, the OpenStack Foundation has been granted 501c6 tax exempt 
>status. This is clear recognition of the positive impact that our 
>Foundation is having on the cloud computing industry.
>While it may seem like a small administrative matter, the long term 
>impact is very positive for the efforts of the Foundation and the 
>industry, allowing us to devote more resources to ensuring the cloud 
>revolution is truly open to everyone. We also hope this outcome for our 
>Foundation benefits other open source organizations pursuing tax exempt 
>status with the IRS now and in the future.
>Thank you to everyone in the OpenStack community and the greater open 
>source world who supported us through the process.
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