IRS forces space tripper to cancel adventure
Winner of competition would have had to pay huge tax bill
Brian Emmett, 31, from California, has cancelled his
trip to outer space after he worked out that he would have to report the
$138,000 (£70,000) ride as income and pay $25,000 (£12,700) in tax.
Emmett, 31 won the trip after correctly answering questions on
Java computer code.
Speaking after deciding not to do the trip, Emmett told
AP: ‘There was definitely a period of mourning.
I was totally crestfallen. Everything you had hoped for as a kid sort of
evaporates in front of you.’
The US Internal Revenue Service requires winnings from lotteries, TV shows
and other competitions to be reported as taxable income.
Emmett’s place will now be taken by another American. Two other winners, from
Asia and Europe, are still on board.