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A person on disability, supposedly can only make $1000/month without having to report that income to the IRS. If a person on the show is shown to make more than they should, revealed in a case before Judge Judy, does she report this to the IRS?

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    Does who report 'this' to the IRS? The claimant? Judge Judy? – user4210 May 11 at 0:51
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Neither "Judge Judy", nor anyone connected with the show, is to the best of my understanding required to make such a report to the IRS, or to any other government agency. But neither are they forbidden from making a report should one of them choose to do so. For the matter of that, you, or anyone who saw the show, could make a report.

I did not see this particular show, and I don't know how clear it was that the person was in violation. It might be that some exception applies.

Also, news reports say that the IRS is currently underfunded and overworked. A disabled person making a bit over $1000 per month probably does not owe a large tax bill, even if in violation. Such a case might well not be a priority for the IRS.

Oh by the way, failure to report income is not "tax fraud", that is making false or misleading reports, and I think there is also an intent requirement. "Failure to file" is illegal, but under a different provision.

  • There was a case in the UK, where a woman claiming benefits appeared on the "Big Brother" show, was paid £30,000, and the people handling her benefits watched the show. – gnasher729 May 11 at 13:33

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