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Richard Hatch's request for reduced IRS payment denied by judge

By Reality TV World staff, 02/08/2012 

Richard Hatch won't be getting a break from his IRS payment requirement.

A Rhode Island federal judge has denied the reality TV star's request that he be allowed to make a reduced January payment of only $25 to the Internal Revenue Service in his tax evasion case, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Hatch had reportedly been ordered to pay the IRS 25% of his gross income as part of the terms of his recent nine-month jail sentence for violating the terms of his original tax-evasion case sentencing which resulted in the reality TV star serving 51 months in prison.

However the former Survivor champion and fourth-season The Celebrity Apprentice participant had reportedly requested the court allow the $25 payment given he has allegedly only earned $500 since he was released from prison in December.  According to Hatch's public defender, he has been dependent on others since his release and is currently attempting to save for an apartment.

Hatch was originally convicted of tax evasion in 2006 for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he received for winning Survivor's first season in 2000, as well as additional income he received from a stint as a radio-show host, celebrity appearances and rental property he owned.

He was eventually released to home confinement for the final months of his 51-month federal sentence but later returned to prison until October 2009 after he was deemed to have violated the terms of his confinement by participating in unauthorized media interviews while on home confinement.

He was then sentenced to another nine months in prison in March 2011 after a judge ruled he had violated the terms of his original sentencing by not refiling his tax returns with the IRS.

(Photo credit CBS)

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