15 Sep Pamela Anderson: Baywatch Star Hit with Two Waves of Tax Liens
Pamela Anderson’s popularity soared after being selected as the February 1990 Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine. She would go on to hold the record of being the person who graced the cover of Playboy the most and maintained a career with Playboy for 22 years. She would star in one of the most popular shows, both locally and internationally, on television and was known worldwide as C.J. Parker from Baywatch. She starred in the series between 1992 and 1997 and eventually starred in various shows and films.
Despite her superstar status, former Playboy playmate and “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson would become no stranger to legal problems. Apart from the sex tape with Tommy Lee that she would become infamous for, Anderson would find herself in trouble with the IRS.
Interestingly, Anderson wasn’t always an American citizen; she was born in Canada in 1967 and wouldn’t move to the U.S. until she appeared in her first Playboy cover in 1989. She retained her Canadian citizenship but would also become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2004.
Blonde Bombshell Hit with Tax Bombs by the IRS
In 2010, Pamela Anderson reportedly owed $493,000 in back taxes. The California tax authorities also stated that she owed $524,241 from an unknown year up until the 2010 tax year – reportedly covering an 18-year period. By 2012, the news reported that the IRS slapped Anderson with a tax lien of $259,395.75 for unpaid taxes in 2011. She also owed the State of California $112,118.90 in unpaid taxes for the same year. Together, Anderson’s two tax liens would total $371,514.65.
She expressed her intention to settle her tax troubles by giving a statement to the Daily Express, saying, “I’m not trying to avoid any tax obligation. Certain events occurred, outside of my control, which caused this temporary but embarrassing situation.” She added, “All of my tax obligations will be resolved in the very near future.”
By 2013, Anderson was struggling financially and so pressured by the IRS that she was forced to try to sell her Malibu home for $7.75 million. Anderson had first purchased her home in 2008 for only $1.8 million. She eventually took it off the market and rented it out for $50,000 a month.
Anderson’s tax troubles became such a topic of interest that it was featured on the NBC show focusing on tax evasion. The bombshell has become a pop culture icon and remains relatively popular with 1.2 million followers on Instagram and another 1 million on Twitter, although she announced in early 2021 that she would be quitting social media. Her net worth is unknown, along with the status of her liabilities with the IRS.
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