American TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey ensures that the 300 studio audiences she invited on a trip to Down Under won’t pay anything for the trip.
Present in the audience on Sept. 13 when the host announced the giveaway, Larry Edema from Michigan said that she had a CPA on hand addressing the tax reports immediately after the show’s taping.
Edema said that the CPA informed all the members that taxes involved with the vacation will be completely handled by the show. So, the audience will truly be 100% free.
The CPA further explained that Oprah will be covering all sightseeing and travel-related expenses such as passport costs for the people who cannot afford them.
In 2004, Oprah landed in a huge controversy when she gave brand new cars to her studio audience that charged them $7,000 as gift taxes.