Last week, the psychological thriller Cam premiered on Netflix and exposed a very real fear within the community of online creators—identity theft and being locked out of one's own account. However, it appears that a much more legitimate and consequential concern has been brought up within the culture of sex workers—tax evasion and fraud. Now, there's no question that sex workers, specifically cam girls and women who operate premium Snapchats, are not the only group who should be worried about the repercussions of tax evasion—however, they've recently come under fire by internet trolls. Take a look at what social media is calling the thot audit and let us know your thoughts on this controversial discussion in the comments section on Facebook.
Online sex workers are generally not employed under an agency or corporation, therefore, when it comes to reporting their income to the IRS and filing their taxes, they're on their own. And this past Friday, the hashtag #thotaudit began trending after a Tweet by notorious woman hating personality Roosh V went viral.
Roosh V, who has previously posted videos such as "36 Things Wrong With American Women," caught the attention of social media after posting a tweet that informed his followers of the IRS's Whistleblower-Informant Award—which grants 30% of person's collected taxes if they are reported for evasion or fraud. Roosh used this post as an incentive for his followers to report "thots" to the IRS, so that they can receive monetary gain.
There was an uproar from both sides of the aisle after his tweet was published, with plenty of backlash and support for this movement. However, there are many specific conditions that apply for someone to qualify for this award. First off, there must be legitimate proof that someone has not paid taxes and have access to their social security number. Second, most cases typically deal with earners of over $200,000 to $2 million per year and even then, it's extremely unlikely for a case to make it to court.
"The IRS is looking for solid information, not an 'educated guess' or unsupported speculation. We are also looking for a significant Federal tax issue - this is not a program for resolving personal problems or disputes about a business relationship."
Many have already spoken out against the #thotaudit movement, claiming that the trend is less about taxes and more about hatred toward women. VICE contributor Jules Suzdaltsev took to Twitter in response to a post by Rightwingwatch.org—stating, "It's blowing my entire mind that the SAME EXACT PEOPLE who think Trump is a genius for hiding his tax returns - are desperately reporting camgirls to the IRS for allegedly not paying enough in taxes. Maybe it's more about hating women and not actually about taxes?"
What do you think about this social media sensation? Should camgirls and other online creators be concerned about tax evasion? Who will the IRS be after next? When will someone put an end to the Incel insanity? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section on Facebook.