Pamela Anderson, the Dancing With the Stars contestant has made California’s list of the top 250 people and businesses who owe more than $100,000 to the state. California claims that Ms. Anderson’s personal income tax owed is $493,144.68.
The former Baywatch star, Malibu resident and current Dancing With the Stars diva should have plenty of money to pay state income taxes and claims it was a simple misunderstanding that will soon be resolved.
she writes, “I’m not trying to avoid any tax obligation. Certain events occurred, outside of my control which caused this temporary but embarrassing situation. All of my tax obligations will be resolved in the very near future.”
People get into problems paying their taxes for many reasons, and many are out of their control. Very busy work schedules, divorce, a change in jobs, and severe family obligations can all cause one to miss the deadline for paying taxes. A busy schedule or heavy media and press obligations are no excuse to not pay taxes, and will only cause more pain and expense in the future.
If Pamela Anderson had not failed to file her tax returns and setup a payment plan, the amount of penalties and interest she owed would be much less.
Read more about Pamela Andersons back tax problem at the LA Times.