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The IRS vs. Pamela Anderson

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 8th 2009 10:20AM

Pam AndersonPamela Anderson may have to start spending a little less time at the beach. Apparently she owes the Internal Revenue Service almost $2 million in back taxes.

Obviously, this was a miscalculation on the part of her accountants. Given Anderson's history and reputation, it's not as if we're expecting her to do her own taxes. Nor are we expecting her to develop a new cancer vaccine or do rocket engineering anytime soon.

Perhaps Hollywood could have some sort of fundraiser for her. "Pam-Aid", perhaps? She could auction off the outfit she wore on The Girls Next Door. Oh wait, she wasn't wearing one. Her former Baywatch co-star David Hasselhoff could even sing one of his hits at the concert.

She is expecting to make some money soon. Her new music single is being released in 2010. Sales are expected in the dozens.

Things may get so desperate that she'll have to sell one of her boobs. It's okay. Others can be made.

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Whoopi Rails Against Taxes on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 24th 2009 1:32PM
Whoopi on 'The View'It seems "sin taxes" are a hot button topic for the ladies of 'The View.' Whoopi has had enough when it comes to the new health care bill and its related taxes -- from plastic surgeries to cigarette taxes, she's paid for them all, and she's not happy. Watch what happens when this tax-abiding citizen speaks about her right to go McDonald's.

Watch the video after the jump!

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Update: Richard Hatch is in jail again!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 9:29AM
HatchJust yesterday I posted the video of Richard Hatch's appearance on Today. Now just a day later the Survivor champ is in jail again.

Hatch's sister is saying that the reason why Hatch is in jail is because of the interview with Matt Lauer. There are no details yet on why he would be sent to jail because he talked to someone on a morning talk show (he did the interview from his home so he wasn't violating his home-confinement sentence) but his sister says that when the police came to take him, that's the reason the officer gave.

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Richard Hatch says he was sent to jail because ... he's gay?!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 3:41PM
Richard HatchRichard Hatch, the winner of the very first Survivor, was sent to jail in 2006 for not paying taxes on his winning from the show (and a radio talk show gig) and also got time for perjury. But he says that's not the real reason he was sent to jail.

Hatch said in an interview today on Today that the court system in the United States is set up to be against gays, and he believes that if he was heterosexual he wouldn't have gone to jail. Hatch is currently out of prison and confined to his home. He's getting out on October 7 but wants to be released now.

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Tonight's Penn & Teller might actually make taxes interesting

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 6th 2009 2:22PM
On a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit tonight at 10 on Showtime, the duo tackles taxes. Should we pay them? Is it patriotic to pay them? The latter view is held by The Huffington Post's Roy Sekoff, who appears on the show to defend that view. I haven't seen the entire episode, but I'm guessing Penn disagrees.

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Stephen Colbert doesn't want his Sprite taxed

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 11:30AM
There's a lot of talk about healthcare these days (duh), and one of the ideas that is being proposed (or at least the idea of it being proposed is out there) is the taxing of soda. I drink a ton of diet soda, but it seems to me that some people think doing this means the end of the Earth. Stephen Colbert isn't going to stand for any new soda tax. (Video also here.)

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The Emmys goodie bag is taxable income

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 15th 2006 2:01PM
emmy awardThis year's Emmy Awards goodie bags are worth an estimated $27,000 to $33,000, depending on how big of a celebrity you are, and it's all taxable income. Bah humbug. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences just sent a letter out to celebrities to remind them to pay taxes on the goodies.

Blah, blah, blah. You want to know what's in the goodie bags, don't you?

OK. This article has the complete list, but I'm just picking out the interesting stuff including vacation packages in New Zealand, Hawaii, California, and Whistler, B.C. It also includes one-year membership to YogaWorks, a $329 Sprint phone, gift certificates for spas and restaurants, Diamo scooters, and Dooney & Burke luggage. Of course, the stars don't have to pay taxes on the goodies if they donate it to charity or turn it down altogether.

The Emmys air Sunday, August 27th on NBC. Thankfully, Conan O'Brien hosts.

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My Name is Earl: Didn't Pay Taxes

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Mar 3rd 2006 9:15AM

After what seemed like an interminable Winter Olympics break, My Name is Earl finally comes back to Thursday night. Life is indeed good again.

This week, we come to find that Earl neglected to pay his taxes after working in an asbestos-filled room with his brother Randy a while back. He did pay his share of fines to the municipality over the years, but Earl feels he owes it to the government and adds this task to his list.

Earl is doing his level best to repay the government in a number of innovative ways, including filling in a pothole on the main highway. Of course, things go awry when a police officer accuses him of burying a baby in the hole at gunpoint, and Earl eventually "undigs" the pothole. He then gets the idea to join a prison road gang, where he meets up with an old friend who is doing time. All of the cons are dressed in jeans and white t-shirts, and as the day goes on and the heat beats down on the gang, Earl takes off his shirt and is in his jeans and white t-shirt. When the guard begins to gather everyone back on the bus, Earl is mistaken for a prisoner, and despite his protestations, is driven to prison.

Earl's pleas that he is not a prisoner are ignored, and he ends up in solitary confinement to the strains of Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole." (A BRILLIANT song choice!) Finally, after a few meals, Earl is released. One would think that he would put this part of his list aside, but Earl is determined to make amends, even though he has become frustrated with the government and how they don't seem to care.

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Richard Hatch found guilty of tax evasion

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 25th 2006 5:39PM
Not only was Richard Hatch found guilty of not paying taxes on his $1 million prize for winning Survivor, he was handcuffed and taken into custody because a judge decided he's a flight risk. Today a Rhode Island jury also found him guilty of not paying taxes on $327,000 he earned co-hosting a Boston radio show (dude, I want that gig!) and $28,000 he made by renting out his property. He was acquitted on mail fraud charges relating to a charity he operates. Hatch could spend up to 13 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $600,000. His sentencing is April 28.

This is no surprise, considering his lawyer's "defense". In closing arguments, Hatch's own lawyer called his client the "world's worst bookkeeper" and said that Hatch never meant to do anything wrong. I'd say Hatch hired the "world's worst lawyer". Is there a mug for that?

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