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Gold Medal Skier Lindsey Vonn Owed $1.7 Million in Back Taxes

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Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn has been singularly successful on the slopes: Last month it was announced that the American earned $608,000 in Alpine World Cup prize money, making her the most successful skier of the season, during which she won 12 events and her fourth women's overall title. But lurking behind that amazing run was an unpaid tax bill of Olympian proportions -- more than $1.7 million, according to public records cited by The Detroit News.

Vonn owes the money from 2010, the year she took Olympic gold in downhill at Vancouver. "The IRS filed a $1,705,437 against Vonn and her estranged husband Thomas on April 2 with the Elko Country Reorder in Nevada," the News reports.
For her part, Vonn moved swiftly to settle the bill. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Vonn explained, "I just recently became aware of the outstanding balance and have done everything in my power to settle it immediately." She said her 2010 return was filed on time, and that her debt to Uncle Sam was now "paid in full."

"This is an important lesson for me," Vonn concluded. "Not being in control of my finances and relying on someone else who you believed had your best interest at heart was a mistake" -- an allusion to Vonn's husband, according to The Christian Post -- "and one I will not make twice."

Vonn could probably use some professional help managing her money: In addition to her World Cup earnings, the alpine star boasts lucrative endorsements with Under Armour (UA), Rolex, Red Bull and Procter and Gamble (PG).



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destin023

So she married a starry eyed liberal ski bum who talks a big game of compassion & dislike for corporate America. That seems to be a major trait of dissenters of our free market system. As long as you can get by without paying your fair share & diss those who support the system, you then feel no one will notice what kind of loser you are. Lindsey did the admirable thing but made a bad decision in business/companionship partners. Perhaps a straight up conservative type might be best next time Ms. Vonn..

April 18 2012 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rmrmsix

Hey folks this wasn't Lindsey bailing out on taxes.. It was her ex.. screwing with the books and she got stuck with the bill.. and SHE PAID the BILL.. So all of those hating the rest of the world for making themselves better .. find another enemy.. Lindsey Vonn won't be that one!! Try lit Timmy Geitner.. he had the Demo Party pay his many years of back taxes..

April 17 2012 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
HBSSL

The IRS should make an example of her. They should strip her of all of her and her estranged husband's assets and put her in the worst federal prison in the system and put him in a federal facility for the criminally insane. Then have her on hard labor for the rest of her natural life. The IRS can do this.

April 17 2012 at 11:03 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Hello Michael

No they should make an example of blacks who murder our wives, daughters, and our policemen.

April 17 2012 at 1:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
a2004ssr

When is Romney gonna release his last 10 years tax returns? He says he wont , must be hiding something.

April 17 2012 at 10:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rmrmsix

When His Grace Obama does I am sure Romney would.. Maybe when His Grace releases his Harvaed transcripts or his fund raising reciepts from before elected.. Ohh that really doesn't matter.. you know Hope and Change..

April 17 2012 at 11:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bickelhaus

You got to pay Uncle Sam, so Obama can take some more Vacations.

April 17 2012 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
smiles41

LOL...Warren Buffets COMPANY owes BIG time back taxes as do some of hollywood's "finest" such as Pacino and Nicholas Cage...the new buffet rule: weave and DODGE..

April 17 2012 at 9:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hattie54

Pamela ( Airhead ) Anderson and Lionel Richie also owe $.As for Vonn,she needs to hire an accountant from now on.

April 17 2012 at 9:03 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob

I think her estranged husband is a jerk. When she won a medal at the olympics he told her on national tv to stop crying. What an a$$.

April 17 2012 at 6:28 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
JIMMY

well, ain't that a shame. pay up, the rest of us have to. whatever happened to amateur status for olympians? if wesley snipes can do hard time for tax evasion, there's no reason ms. vonn can't.

April 17 2012 at 5:49 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
gryphon10

Surely Warren Buffet could bail out this fair maiden? That is after he pays his delinquent taxes to the IRS.

Such BS Obama is spewing on America.

April 17 2012 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hattie54

The Senate voted down the Buffet rule,too much rich Republicans against it.

April 17 2012 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply