Former ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Jax Taylor Blames His Reported $1.2 Million in Unpaid Taxes on “Bad Bookkeeper”; Says Bravo “Made a Good Decision” By Letting Him Go

“…can we all just get back to making fun of my #DadLife posts and my obsession with Randall Emmett?”

Despite reportedly owing more than $1.2 million in unpaid taxes and losing his Vanderpump Rules gig just months before he and wife Brittany Cartwright are set to welcome their first child together, Jax Taylor doesn’t seem worried. 

The 41-year-old former bartender took to Instagram Live last week to explain his tax troubles, The Sun reports, claiming it was all simply a case of bad bookkeeping. He also told his fans that he’s not too worried about the situation. 

“Hey now… keepin’ them dang books is harder than y’all think!”

“Oh yeah, I had a bad tax situation,” he said. “I had a bad bookkeeper. We all get bad bookkeepers. I suggest researching your bookkeeper when you pay your taxes because I got f**ked.” 

Jax closed his statement, assuring followers, “I’m fixing it. It’s not a big deal.” 

“If all else fails, I always can pull a Stassi and start cashing in on my kid once he’s born.”

While Jax downplayed his “bad tax situation,” his debts actually date back to 2014, for which he still owes nearly $23,000 for the tax period ending that year. Another $198,190 was added to that balance in 2018, and in December 2019 –- the same year Jax and Brittany purchased their $1.9 million Valley Village, California, home –- Jax’s unpaid taxes increased by another $646,867.

The former ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star – who was once the highest-paid cast member on the Bravo series – has an unpaid tax lien that was filed on January 14 of this year. He also reportedly owes more than $316,571 to the California Franchise Tax Board for the period of 2018-2019. The state tax lien was filed March 10, with fees and interest to accrue until the outstanding balance is paid. 

“What can I say? An outstanding balance for an outstanding guy!”

In addition to addressing his tax issues on Instagram Live, Jax also seemed to finally admit that he had, in fact, been fired from ‘Vanderpump Rules’ in December. 

“The show made a good decision,” Jax said. “I stand with them 100 percent. I love everybody that was on it. I had a great run. Not too many guys can last nine years on a reality show.

“…REALLY hoping these Cameo requests start picking up.”

“It’s not fair to the show because I don’t put any effort in anymore,” he added. “I’m not interested in that lifestyle.” 

While Jax and Brittany have claimed (until now) that it was their decision to leave the show, many suspected Bravo parted ways with the pair due to Jax’s past statements about race and sexuality – a theory ‘Vanderpump Rules’ matriarch Lisa Vanderpump all but confirmed recently when asked if she was “surprised” that the two “decided to take a step back.” 

“Was I surprised? What? That they decided?” Lisa said to Christina Garibaldi of Us Weekly. “Well, if you put it like that, yeah, I would have been really surprised.” 

RELATED STORY: Tax Trouble! Former ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Jax Taylor Reportedly Owes More Than $1.2 Million in Unpaid Taxes

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8 Responses

  1. Her Dad and brothers won’t help him. They’ll help her and the baby. I have a son-in-law who is a lazy bum, but my daughter has 3 kids with him. I would send the kids clothes and he would take them back to the store for a refund. Now I send everything with no price tags. If a bill needs to be paid, I pay it directly. If she needs grocery, we buy a grocery store gift card. Needless to say, he hates me and my husband, but I don’t give a shit. That is why Candy Spelling doesn’t dole out cash to Tori and that bum she is married to. Not that I have that kind of money, but I understand a bum that won’t work. JaxAss will never work. He’ll think he can still model or hook up with some older man like he did in Florida. And we all are aware of what happened.

  2. I mean…the IRS sends you letters in the mail pretty regularly when you owe so he can maybe blame his “bookeeper” for one year of unpaid taxes but not all of them.

  3. How in the world was Jax the highest paid?
    I don’t have millions of dollars so maybe it’s different but I usually get a receipt when I pay my taxes..

  4. 100% not surprising. Of course he hasn’t been paying taxes. And Brattney is ride or die with him for the fame. Her tax issues will be released soon as well.

  5. It seems like a lot of independent contractors have the same issue. I don’t like Jax but I do love Brit. I hope they took their money outta the bank cause the IRS will just take it- I’ve owed way less and they just took it….

  6. All these “reality stars” gunna have to get J O B S !!
    and have zero skills………..

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