Tax Guru – Ker$tetter Letter

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Blame the Accountant

Posted by taxguru on January 13, 2006

Survivor winner and tax cheater Richard Hatch is trying what many of us call the “Willie Nelson defense,” as in this quote from a recent article on his trial.

Hatch …was relying on the advice of a self-employed accountant who was “in over her head.”

 Hatch also conned another accountant:

One accountant Hatch hired estimated he owed about $230,000 in taxes for 2000, Reich said. The television star asked for a second return showing his estimated tax bill had he not won the million-dollar prize.

Despite warnings that the second analysis was for comparison only, prosecutors said, Hatch filed the return with the IRS.


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