Richard Hatch IRS Woes Continue; Judge Rejects $25 Payment Request

Former reality TV star Richard Hatch has lost his latest appeal in his tax evasion case tied to the $1 million he won in the first season of “Survivor.”

On Tuesday, A Rhode Island Federal judge denied Hatch’s request to pay a smaller amount ($25) to the IRS for the month of January.

According to a report by the Washington Post, Hatch, 50, was ordered to pay 25 percent of his gross income to the IRS as part of his sentence for failing to comply with the terms of his supervised release. He sought the reduced payment, saying he’d earned only $500 since being freed in December after spending nine months in prison.

Public defender Mary McElroy says Hatch’s accountant and agent take 20 percent of his income and he’s saving for an apartment. She says he’s relying on others for housing and basic necessities.