We know it, “Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.” Shakespeare knew it, and now does Pamela Anderson. What does this quote mean? Not sure. But I hope it means he didn’t like taxes either, if it doesn’t I’m going to look a bit daft. There’s one thing that’s certain however, the Baywatch beauty, a woman who’s assets have never gone unnoticed, is now feeling the painfully intense gaze of the IRS. That’s right their scrutinizing her assets, or more precisely the tax income generated by them.
So how much tax trouble can a woman get into? Well according to TMZ, quite a bit. Poor Pam owes the IRS $370,000. It’s far from the first time she has appeared on the top list of delinquent tax payers, she also appeared on it in 2009. What is about the woman and her tax issues? But let’s be fair, she’s not the only one. Stars have had a long troubled relationship with the IRS over the years.
The beloved Lionel Richie had a $1.1 million tax bill slapped into his hand in April, for taxes allegedly unpaid since 2010. He later released a statement that he was unaware of it, and that he was dealing with it.
Tax shy stars
If Richie and Pam weren’t enough then these tax liens (could stay tax Aliens) have been filed to collect by the IRS:
- Actors: John Rhys – $1,021,539, Shannen Doherty – $332,324, D.L. Hughley – $1,083,297
- Screenwriters: Joe Estzerhas – $241,554, Stephen Gaghan – $680,249
- Producers/Directors: David Milch – $1,786,772, Joesph McGinty Nichol – $1,788,093, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) – $659,501
- Musicians: Glen Campbell – $113,844. Vince Neil – $371,050, Roberta Flack -$156,824 in federal tax liens.
Other tax challenged stars include Lindsay Lohan, who’s rarely out of the headlines owes $230,904, the list goes on. FYI – what’s a federal tax lien? The government’s legal claim against your property.
For the government cash is god! They will only take your property and cars as a last resort. Although it does happen, Willie Nelson famously lost nearly everything in an IRS auction – apparently he hid his guitar.
Why are stars prone to this?
Apparently it is down to massive drops in income! Let’s say you make $10,000.000 as a star then your earnings drops to a tiny amount of $1,000,000, that’s when they get into trouble. Well why didn’t you just say so? Because that makes it all okay, doesn’t it?
Power to him for getting clean, and paying his bill. On the other hand, why do we even reward stars who screw up, or seem to treat them so differently? A normal guy who gets a DUI, can’t find a job. What happens to Joe the plumber if he falls behind on taxes? I’m not sure, but I know what won’t happen.
I Started off this post feeling sorry for Pam, but I changed my mind. See the full article here.
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