Lady Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that she needs to get “wasted” before she can pay her taxes.
The pop star was asked in an interview on the “Ellen” show why she didn’t own a home, and the singer said it’s because she spends so much time on the road touring. “I think, well, gosh, what a waste of money to buy a place when I’m on the road. Even though maybe it might not seem like a big deal because I’m a pop singer, it still hurts to write a check. Everybody was laughing because when I signed my tax returns this year, I had to get completely wasted. They were just holding me up. It’s unbelievable.”
She is in good company in that respect. In January, Oprah Winfrey told Piers Morgan that she too needs a drink before she can sign her tax forms (see Oprah Hates Writing Checks to the IRS).
Winfrey said she only signs checks for amounts over $100,000, but still has “several hundred” checks to sign. “It would knock your socks off,” she told Morgan. “Millions are going out.”
Morgan asked Winfrey if that was painful. “The most pain I feel — and my accountants will tell you this — is every time I write a check to the IRS, it’s a ceremony. For years they came in with wine. Now they come in with tequila. It’s a tequila-signing ceremony.”
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