Oscar Guests Received $100,000 Gift-Bags

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  1. xli_ne macrumors 6502a

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    From http://www.imdb.com

    Its all fine that they have to pay taxes on these gifts, but $100,000?? God damn, and a $7,000 dollar underwear set?? Just boggles the mind.
     
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Glad to see the IRS taxing the rich like that.

    Do you think Rod Stewart paid his taxes?

    Just dont let me see an article where the attendees bitched about paying.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I just love the fact that people who can afford to pay for stuff, never actually have to.

    It's the same with big execs of companies, they get massive pay packets and bonuses, then the company pays for everything anyway.

    Great :rolleyes:
     
  4. i.Feature macrumors 6502

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    I heard on the radio this morning that this has become a bit of a problem because quite a few of the recipients make less than $50,000 a year. Can you imagine the hit you take when your income jumps a third and all you have to show for it is some nice underwear.
     
  5. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Taxing the rich, blah blah blah. I'm a Democrat, but even I think that people who have more having to pay higher percentages is inequitable and wrong.
     
  6. macartistkel macrumors 6502a

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    They are just lucky--you can't bitch about it! You know you would take it if it was offered to you and plus I have seen some celebs commenting on how they feel bad about accepting the gifts---its not their fault though and its a great way for companies to advertise their products. :)
     
  7. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    Taxing $100,000 worth of gifts? Sounds fair to me, if your only making $50,000 a year and this represents a huge hike in income don't accept the bag. It's quite simple, or donate it to a womans shelter or something an accept it as a charity write off.
     
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    haha, guess where all that money you put into the cinema just went :p glad I don't care much for cinema.
     
  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Accept the bag, then ebay it with a reserve of $130k.:cool:
     
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

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    This is exactly why I turned down the offer to be a presenter this year. Also, they forgot to ask me. Or invite me.

    And now, a tax question. If they got cash in their goodie bags, would that be taxed as well?

    If so... Suppose somebody wants to give you something valuable, but wants to pay the taxes you'll owe for you. Is there a way they can do that?

    Let's say they give you a rare Apple mousepad worth $100,000 and you'll owe $30,000 in tax on it (30% marginal tax bracket). If they give you $30,000 in cash to go with the mousepad, do you owe $9000 in tax (30%) on the $30,000 gift? If they give you $9000 for that tax too, do you owe another $2700 tax on the $900? If they give you the $2700, do you owe $810 tax on the $2700, and on so on?

    So can they give you $30,000+9000+2700+810+243+73+22+7+2+1=$42,858 in cash (rounding to dollars at each step) to cover all these taxes? You'd use $12,858 of the $42,858 to pay the tax on the $42,858, and the remaining $30,000 of the $42,858 to pay the tax on your mousepad.
     
  11. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Doctor Q, you have waaaaay too much time on your hands.:p
     
  12. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    I don't get it. How the hell can underwear be worth that much? Its probably a couple of dollars worth to make...

    Let me get this straight:

    If I had a popsicle stick, added a few bells and whistles [Glitter] then slapped a $100,000 price tag [I'd only sell 5 "Limited edition"] and then gave it to someone here on these boards; then they'd have to pay taxes on it? :confused:
     
  13. jaydub macrumors 6502a

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    damn I would have loved a coupon for lasik surgery, mine was $$$$$$$$.
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    No, I'm just naturally curious. And if people weren't curious, we never would have discovered that the Earth is flat!

    Things are worth whatever people will pay. In Hollywood, paying luxury prices for things that aren't worth it on paper is a way of showing off and competing, so it is worth it to some people. If they charged less for some of these items, some of the wealthy would no longer buy them!

    If nobody pays you that much for one, you have no evidence that that's its value. I'm pretty sure that it's the "fair market value", not the price you ask for your fabulous popsicle stick, that would be taxed. If the recipient can show that it sells for or is worth only $1 on the open market, they only owe tax on $1. And only if they accept your gift.
     
  15. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, but do they have to accept the goodie bag if they don't want to take on the tax costs? It seems like it wouldn't be something the Academy would force on you. Take at your own risk.
     
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    anything you aquire, whether it be in the form of cash or goods, is taxable and all adds up to your total yearly income.
     
  17. hookahco macrumors regular

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    its too bad that the fair market value of those bags are less than half of their reported value. For example...
    One of the celebrities gets a ring shaped like a star which some hotshot celebrity jeweler said goes for about $80,000.00
    It was 8 karat and ALL tiny pave diamonds. Its worth about $4,000. sorry people.
     
  18. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    If people keep pirating movies, then next year the bag might only be worth $50,000....now that would be a crime...:eek:
     
  19. Doctor Q Administrator

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    If the Academy adopted the presenters and gave them these gifts as parents to children, different tax rules would apply. Talk about having spoiled children!
     
  20. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

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    Goody!

    Last year, I won a car. GM 'Hot Button' promotion. Hey, great, I got a new car.
    I had to pay state sales tax to be able to pick it up. $4000.
    I got a tax statement from GM. The car is valued at $21,644 worth of income to me (and that much of a write-off for them).
    I've got to pay roughly additional $8000 to federal and state income tax, because no money was withheld in the claiming of the prize.

    That car made up about 1/3 of my income for last year. Pity, I can't claim it's a gift and that GM actually made more money off of giving me the car as part of the contest promotion.

    Sucks to win a car. (BTW, actual retail price is higher than what GM is dunning me for, fair market value, blah, blah, blah)

    So, sure. Tax those 'gift' bags.
     
  21. clayj macrumors 604

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    Absolutely the value of those gift bags should be taxed as personal income... especially since you KNOW the companies that donated the products to the bags are deducting the value of the donations from their taxable income as a business expense.

    The stupidity of the situation is increased by the fact that none of those celebrities are going to publicly endorse the companies that donated to the bags... we're not gonna see Sandra Bullock extolling the virtues of Victoria's Secret anywhere. And I bet half of that stuff (if not more) ends up in the hands of their agents, business managers, family, or friends.
     
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    How on earth do they need to pay tax? These are gifts!
     
  24. clayj macrumors 604

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    Corporations can't give "gifts". Only individuals can give gifts (in the traditional sense of the word), and if the gift is monetary in nature, there is a non-taxed limit of $11,000 per annum from Person A (the gifter) to Person B (the giftee). Anything beyond that is taxable as normal income. (Of course, this is a rough explanation of the process.)
     

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