Former Jersey Shore cast member, man of much exposed abs, and genetic scientist attempting to ensure the next chain of human evolution involves naturally occurring hair gel, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, is in it up to his neck with the tax man.
Hot tip: If an agent from Internal Revenue Service in America ever asks you if you’re DTF, they’re really asking if you’re “doin’ tax fraud,” not down to… y’know.
Not only does it turn out that the MTV reality show star has made a disgustingly large amount of money over the course of his career, but he also did that little thing where you just kinda, sorta, don’t pay tax on any of it. Oops.
Prosecutors in America have indicted Sitch on tax fraud charges, alleging that he and his brother Marc filed false tax returns on the millions of dollars that Mike made from promotions and appearances. The pair have been charged with two counts of filing false returns, and one of conspiracy. Each count carries with it a maximum jail sentence of 3 years with a $250,000 fine.
Additionally, the IRS in the States alleges that Sitch just flat-out didn’t file a tax return at all in 2011, which potentially tacks on another year’s jail and an additional $100,000 in fines, which brings his worst case scenario outcome to a grand total of 10 years prison and an $850,000 fine.
What exactly did he do wrong? Well, for starters he apparently didn’t properly declare the sum total of $8.9million that he made over the course of his career thus far – yes, you read that correctly. The Situation from Jersey Shore has made $8.9million. As in $8,900,000. That is the amount of money that has been paid to him.
He apparently dodged taxes on that income by buying high-end cars and clothing, which were for personal use, but writing them off as business expenses. Which, for those of you with even the barest knowledge of how taxation works, is a big no-no.
As far as any official word from the Sorrentino brothers is concerned, they’re just hoping that The Situation will work itself out.
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