Extreme Makeover uses “innovative scheme” to keep families from paying taxes.

Extreme Makeover uses “innovative scheme” to keep families from paying taxes.
As gifts from show producers, renovations done to a home on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are taxable, and that could end up costing families who participate hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Variety reports that Endemol “has an innovative scheme to get around at least the initial tax hit. The company leases the property for the purposes of shooting the show for 14 days. Any improvements made during the lease are tax-exempt.” The producers of FOX’s Renovate My Family, Rocket Science Laboratories, “decided to pay families a lump sum to cover tax liabilities. But since the payment itself is also classified as taxable income, they adjust the amount so in the end the families owe zero.” One family featured on that show, the Rosiers, received a 1099 form showing $529,148 in income from the renovations. Variety reports that Rocket Science is “offering $215,000 to cover their tax liabilities.” The company did the same thing with Joe Millionaire 2‘s David Smith, who “won a 70-acre Texas ranch”; Rocket Science “covered the taxes on the $500,000 gift.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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