Monday, November 29, 2010
Oprah was back at it last week, giving away to her studio audience a 2012 VW Beetle, a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card, an iPad, and a limited edition Oprah 25th anniversary watch from Phillip Stein encrusted with 58 hand-set diamonds, among other things:
Oprah apparently learned her lesson from the 2004 tax fiasco, with Volkwagon and Oprah agreeing to pick up her audience members' tax bills:
VW donated the 275 Beetles to the show and the German automaker even included all taxes and fees, thus negating the biggest audience gripe the last time Oprah gave away cars back in 2004. Back then, Oprah handed out Pontiac G6s to her audience members, but the winners had to pick up the tax bill.
- Chicagoist, "And Then The IRS Asked For Their Cut, And The Screaming Stopped..."
- New York Post, No Thanks, Oprah, You Can Keep the New Car (Nov. 26, 2010)
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Tax Consequences of Oprah's Car Giveaway (Sept. 14, 2004)
- More on the Tax Consequences of Oprah's Car Giveaway (Sept. 21, 2004)
- Jon Stewart Daily Show Video of Tax Consequences of Oprah's Car Giveaway (Nov. 3, 2004)
- Journal of Taxation Revisits Tax Consequences of Oprah's Car Giveaway (Dec. 20, 2004)
- Oprah Again Sticks Audience with Big Tax Bill (Jan. 12, 2005)
- Oprah's Tax Problems Redux: Can 5k Checks to 100 Employees Be Treated as Gifts Rather Than as Income? (Apr. 22, 2005)
- Another Oprah Giveaway (Oct. 31, 2006)
- Oprah: I'll Pay the Taxes for My Aussie Giveaway (Sept. 20, 2010)