Minns said Hatch, 44, depended on an accountant to handle his taxes and she was "in over her head."
Prosecutor Andrew Reich, however, told the jury Hatch "willfully" failed to report his earnings to the Internal Revenue Service and even sought a $4,500 refund for 2001 -- the year he won "Survivor."
Burnett testified all contestants sign an agreement before the show stating they would be responsible for all taxes on their winnings.
Hatch has pleaded not guilty to tax evasion, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, bank fraud and mail fraud. He could face 75 years in jail if convicted.
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