Richard Hatch says he thought CBS was withholding tax on $1 million prize.

Richard Hatch says he thought CBS was withholding tax on $1 million prize.
Survivor winner and perpetual media magnet Richard Hatch has gone public with his defense on tax evasion charges: CBS was supposed to pay the tax on the prize. On NBC’s Today Show, Richard said, “I’ve always paid my taxes, and I’m always happy to pay my taxes. But I believed the taxes on that particular amount were going to be paid either by CBS or withheld by them.” Hatch’s lawyer, Michael L. Minns, says that the contract specifies the $1 million would be “less all applicable withholdings, deductions and taxes.” He also said, “Under California law, the ‘Survivors’ and Richard—the ultimate Survivor—were employees of CBS. They were under total and complete control of CBS. So CBS was required by federal law to withhold.” Richard now faces a grand jury, and denied that he ever was going to plead out: “I never made a plea agreement. A plea agreement is something that I was told would be made if I were to go to court and agree to what they said, which I never did.”

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