Amber Portwood is in trouble again– but this time, it’s Uncle Sam who has a bone to pick with the Teen Mom OG star.
Radar Online broke the news this morning that Amber is in serious debt to the Internal Revenue Service. The site reported that there’s a federal tax lien on Amber, who owes the IRS more than $130,000!
The Ashley investigated and can confirm that Radar‘s story is, indeed, true. In February, the IRS put a tax lien against Amber, stating that the reality star owes the government a ton of money in unpaid taxes– $134,919.21 to be exact!
A representative of the Madison County Recorder’s Office in Indiana tells The Ashley that the tax debt is not a property tax debt.
“This is most likely for income tax, or for instance, if someone was paid under the table and didn’t claim that income on their taxes, or something along those lines,” the rep told The Ashley.
Since Amber is not currently employed, it’s likely that Amber’s debt is related to her ‘Teen Mom OG’ earnings, which is her only known source of income at the time that would fall into this category. The county rep also confirmed to The Ashley that the debt has not yet been paid and released.
By now, Amber has been sent notifications to advise her of what she owes the IRS, but she has not paid the debt.
Amber’s not the first girl from the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise to get in trouble with the IRS over her MTV earnings. In 2013 and 2014, Maci Bookout was hit with two tax liens that totaled over $83,000. She finally paid off her debt in December 2015, according to reports.
Teen Mom 2 star Kail Lowry also found herself in hot water with the IRS back in 2013. Kail was forced to postpone her wedding to Javi Marroquin in order to pay off the thousands she owed in back taxes.
The Ashley discussed this problem with one of her show sources, who tells her that the girls are all considered “independent contractors” and not employees of Viacom (which owns MTV). That means that the girls are essentially freelancers, just like a writer or an artist would be, and that no taxes are taken out of their MTV paychecks.
Basically, the girls are given a big lump sum at various times during the season, and it is their responsibility to save the appropriate portion of that sum to pay quarterly taxes and avoid getting stuck with a huge tax debt at the end of the year.
Obviously, we know that the ‘Teen Mom’ casts make big bucks, so if they are not being proactive in paying their taxes (or paying off big sums at the end of the tax season), they will likely run into problems with the IRS.
Amber has not yet responded to the story, but The Ashley will update this when she gets more information.