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Note to Reality Stars: You, Too, Have to Pay Taxes

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I don’t know why it is that reality TV stars think they don’t have to pay taxes, but you would think Survivor Borneo‘s Richard Hatch getting thrown in the slammer would have showed all of them they were just as susceptible. Yet, season three American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino fell into the same trap, as did Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Hatch was found guilty of seven bank, mail, and wire fraud charges stemming from him not paying taxes on his Survivor winnings, his income as co-host of a Boston radio show, and rent on some property he owned. Despite several appeals, and his claim that CBS had agreed to pay his taxes, he was sentenced to 51 months in prison, and is currently at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is scheduled to be released this coming October.

Fantasia owed a lot in back taxes, so borrowed money from a creditor to pay the taxes. This winter the creditor was then after her, ready to throw her 6200 square foot house house into foreclosure. Not that she would have been homeless, as she has a 4500 square foot house. She had nearly lost that one as well when she owed taxes on that. She did lose a Mercedes to that deal, and the current records show she still owes $14,678 on that house, according to Yahoo. She ended up making a repayment plan deal to keep the 6200 square foot house as well last month. Sounds like she’s in need of a good financial advisor.

Dog the Bounty Hunter didn’t learn from them, though. Duane “Dog” Chapman owes more than $2 million dollars in back taxes, owing for 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. Maybe it’s small potatoes to him since he was convicted of first degree murder and was also nearly extradited to Mexico on a deprivation of liberty charge. His accountant has stated that Dog has been trying to get in touch with the IRS to clear up the matter. TMZ helped him out by publishing the phone number in their post about the charges. How long will it take untll his team comes after him in exchange for a bounty?

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One Comment to “Note to Reality Stars: You, Too, Have to Pay Taxes”

  • These celebs are probably no worse at paying taxes and managing money than us regular folks. Difference is, when they default or go into foreclosure, it’s news — with us, it’s not. No story here!