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Blame the Gay Tax for Annie Liebowitz's Financial Woes

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This is infuriating.

According to reports, the financial problems that famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is facing apparently stem from the pricey taxes she has to pay on the estate of her late wife partner, Susan Sontag.

The thing that sucks is if Annie and Susan were a married couple, which gays and lesbians can't do, Annie wouldn't have to pay the taxes!!!


Same-sex couples do not have the same privileges as straight married couples when it comes to inheritance. If your partner passes away and leaves her estate to you, you have to pay up to 50 percent of the value of your inheritance in taxes. However, if you and your partner were recognized as a married couple, you wouldn't have to pay a dime.

This gay tax needs to be repealed.

Equality for all!

[Image via WENN.]

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94 comments to “Blame the Gay Tax for Annie Liebowitz's Financial Woes”

  1. 1

    Everyone has financial woes Pretzel….not just the insanely rich….

  2. buck says – reply to this


    step up gays….its time to be patriotic

  3. 3

    Besides, why doesn't she start photographing us po'folk at a more reasonable price?

  4. 4


  5. 3l$@ says – reply to this


    she would never take a picture of you so get over it…

  6. 6

    so do farmers……boohoo for the gays……..and everyone else you fucker

  7. 7


  8. 8

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  9. 9

    Re: Fork you!Re: buck – nice ones….kudos

  10. 10


  11. 11

    I don't think that's entirely true….

  12. 12

    Ohhh…so she is a broke, world famous, celebrated photographer. Well, sound like mismanagement of money, to me. depending on the amount (a cap of 45% if over 2 million in 2008, an increased to 3.5 mill in 2009). The more you get, the more you are taxed. I assume she got plenty, with taxes raning from 18-45 %, depending on the gross amount. If she cannot afford the inheritance, after suitable deductions for expenses and charitable donations…well, she is a stupid idiot. Upon choosing her lifestyle, she should have considered that…

  13. 13

    I do think that same sex couples need to have the same rights as straight married couples….. JUST CALL IT A CIVIL UNION! I don't know why it has to be called a marriage. A marriage is between a man and a woman and it is the only thing in America that is still traditional.

  14. 14


  15. 15

    awww, she has to pay for her ESTATE…how sad. sadder than all the normal folk that have lost their houses.. but their just stupid houses so who gives a fuck right? maybe poor poor annie will have to move into her other mansion. SUCH a shame.

  16. 16

    Everybody hurts sometimes…

  17. 17

    "you have to pay up to 50 percent of the value of your inheritance in taxes."
    Now that would mean you would STILL receive 50% - correct? Yes or no? So that is basically saying "if you inherit 10 million, you will only receive 5 million".
    Now explain to me how that puts someone in a financial crisis?

  18. 18

    Why didn't she sell it a buy a smaller place?

  19. 19

  20. 20

    The tax thing is BULLSHIT! Horrible! I'm so effin' pissed.

  21. 21

    You are sooooo IGNORANT!!! This has nothing to do with being gay. Why should children have to pay more than 50 percent of thier parents inheritance ??? JUST Wait you OBAMA lovers. YOu voted for a man who does not support GAY marrage. HA HA…

  22. 22

    Re: BBBoricua loves Angels & Demons… – Lol tell me why when I read your comment, the r.e.m song came into my mind… lol

  23. 23

    Wow you breeders sound really bitter…Not getting any?

  24. 24

    Ahhh…but life isn't fair, now is it? That's the killa about being gay. It's the price you pay for being gay. You choose that lifestyle, you'll never have the "perks" of hetero married couples. Deal with it, dear. Your lifestyle will always be viewed as perverse and twisted in many straight peoples' eyes.

  25. 25

    Re: the last star – Good morning, my friend! :)

  26. 26

    Re: kamstar

    We sure are getting more than you tax-burdened poor people.

  27. 27

  28. 28

    Well rug munching aways makes things better..
    She just needs another rug.

  29. 29

  30. 30

    Actually it's not like it's solely gay people that have to pay the estate tax. Yes it doesn't usually apply to married people but it does apply to children or anyone else you want to will your assests to. The death tax in general needs to be repealed…not only at the federal level but in all the States that utilize it.

  31. 31


  32. 32

    What about what I like to think of as the Gay parenting tax incentive. Two women or men have children, both claim head of household spliting the children yet living in nonmaritial bliss in a two parent family.

    People die all the time without leacing people anything of value she should be grateful she had anything to pay taxes on.

  33. 33

    is this a gay rights site? you really think people care what you think?

  34. 34

    If gays and lesbians are allowed to marry for the benefits it achieves, why not 2 straight females or 2 straight males marrying? A couple is a couple is a couple. Rich old goats and money hungry bimbos can marry and this is OK with everyone because it's male and female. Movie stars galore have marriages that look real to the outside world and both of them may be gay or bi, but on paper it's male and female so it flys as a traditional marriage with all the benefits. Singles like myself constantly face the inequities of not being a couple. Single supplements on travel, can't have the 2 for 1 specials in restaurants, etc. Life isn't fair Perez and not just for the gays!

  35. 35

    how abt we tax illegal mexicans and black ppl who dont work more? and then send them packin

  36. 36

    Re: Vintage7787 – That's a backhandedly sweet view. Seriously, SERIOUSLY, if gays were allowed to get 'civil unionized', do you think we would be running around telling everyone we're getting 'civil unionized'? No. We're going to say we're getting MARRIED. It's just a WORD. Saying both groups should be able to do the SAME EXACT thing but have to call it something different is simply ridiculous and just a patronizing those who want to 'protect' marriage.

  37. 37

    Gay Tax? Really? How much out the door for a reach around?

  38. 38

    Re: sillytart – Um…I hear this kind of stuff over and over. This is PEREZ HILTON'S blog. He can say whatever he wants. Just because his focus is on entertainment, that doesn't mean he can't blabber about anything he wants from his perspective, wrong or right. As others have said before, if you don't like what he's talking about DON'T read it. it's a GAY MAN's BLOG. If those posting here have a problem with gays, GO AWAY. Go visit a HETEROSEXUAL person's blog.

  39. 39

    Re: fa_sho!!! – ahh shut the fuck up you racist piece of shit…

  40. 40

    That's unfortunate. :(

  41. 41

    I love how all you libs want to stick it to the rich man through income redistribution yet when YOU are actually the one who pays the tax, there is a giant inequity!!!! She knew the rules prior to and she still chose to be involved in a relationship where she KNEW she couldn't be married!! P.S. you can't cherry pick the groups of people who you think deserve to be married and leave out those who don't fit your p.c. definition. If gays can marry….so can a guy and a child, so can a guy and nine women, so can a girl and a goat! Marriage is between a man and a woman. That is the harsh reality of living within a system that has was founded on judeo-christian values centered around the nuclear family. Deal with it!

  42. DaLa says – reply to this


    I will never understand why they put to a public vote gay marriage (something that affects only a tiny minority) and yet won't put Special Order 40, something that affects EVERYBODY's life to a public vote. For you non-Californians, SO40 is the ruling that makes it impossible for the police to call ICE in on cases involving illegal aliens. For you non-Los Angeles residents, much of the city east of Gower St. is run by La Eme, MS13, the 18th Streeters and other violent gangs mostly made up of illegal aliens.

  43. 43

    you ain't changing nothin', boy!
    shut up

  44. 44

    WTF!!!!????? Thats am sorry to say RETARDED! and i HATE that word! Thats just STUPID SHIT! i am in SHOCK! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! :-|

  45. 45

    She needs a better lawyer and tax accountant. Didn't she ever hear of tenants in common and joint bank accounts?

  46. 46

    Keep votin' for those liberals Pootez, and you will surely find that even the cork up yo' ass is taxed!!!!


  47. 47

    You know what assholes its not about her being rich. The point is they were married, they spent their life's together. Now her partner is gone and she gets hit with a hefty tax bill. This is shit! So sick of you hetero's making excuses for the way prop 8 played out. Its wrong! YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL PEOPLE WHO THEY CAN AND CANNOT MARRY!

  48. 48

    Re: Silklights – …being gay isn't a choice. Having gay sex is, but the orientation is inherent. There is a difference.

  49. 49

    Re: tgirlpyramid – well said.

  50. 50

    all for fairness here, but i believe this woman and her (bisexual) "partner" had an open relationship and didn't even live together! this was more like a friend leaving a ton of money to another

    plus what is involved here is the estate tax, the same one dubya tried to repeal (and that only truly applies to the very rich, like himself)

    i suspect that there are some nasty people trying to manipulate gays and lezzies for their benefit of the rich

    plus, is not like this nasty bitch, er, person is actually poor!

  51. 51

    Re: topper – i agree, this woman and her partner were both wealthy, just find a decent lawyer!

    this is not a gay issue, it's a lack of planning issue…

  52. 52

    specific incidences of inequality, such as this, are what more people need to see. a lot of people are too dumb to just understand what equal rights in hospital visits, inheritance, insurance, tax breaks, etc mean. but if they actually hear stories about how jane died in the hospital without sarah by her side because they are considered inferior members of society, maybe more people will get the picture. more stories like this, perez. it's time to start pushing for equal rights with all our might.

  53. 53

    Interesting that she and Sontag were happy to talk about other political issues but NEVER would admit to being lesbians. Now suddenly she is crying about how gays are discriminated against, but didn't feel like speaking up for gay rights over the last 20 years when it would have done some good. As far as i'm concerned, since she and Sontag never acknowledged the relationship why should she be treated like she had a real marriage? They were both rich, living in a very liberal city, all their friends were in the arts, entertainment and literary areas, yet they never were open as a couple, even in Sontag's Obit, they referred to her ex husband but not Annie, so as far as I'm concerned they didn't have a marriage.

  54. 54

    That is one fugly woman. With all her money, ever hear of makeup
    or a hair salon??? Please, these "creative" people kill me.
    "Creative" is a synonym for "Whacked".

  55. 55

    Perez, I like you, you're pretty good at what you do and I like reading your stuff. But to say 'Equality for all!', esp since you're from Cuba and you know the horrors of communism, that just sounds wrong to me. Yeah gay people are people too but that doesn't mean they should have all the same rights as straight couples.

  56. 56

    There are loopholes to this, sort of. She should have researched them before she and partner made their wills out.

  57. 57

    Re: Romy23 – But WHY shouldn't they have the same rights as straight couples? I totally don't understand that logic.

  58. 58

    Re: madmen – religion organizations do a lot of charity work, something that it matters in times like these

    but hey, the financial woes of some rich lesbian and the elimination of the estate tax (that bush loved) should be the most important thing to think about now!!!

  59. 59

    This is not solely due to the fact that she is gay and doesnt have same rights as straight married people. She and her "life partner" (whatever the fuck that means) did not PLAN well. Period. When they were spending all that money years and years ago they knew then that they couldn't get 'civilly unionized' and should have PREPARED! I don't feel sorry for her one bit….and no one else in her position.

  60. 60

    Re: maxie pad – the elimination of the tax i meant

  61. MP says – reply to this


    I don't think she's correct. I could be wrong, but I thought everyone had to pay a "death tax," which should be outlawed for all as it's double taxation and goes against what this country was founded on. That said, she's rich and not struggling like "normal" people so I don't feel very sorry for her.

  62. 62

    I had no idea that she was with Susan Sontag.. ick.

  63. 63

    Well Obama is bringing back the inheritance tax in 2010 for everyone - 50%. Happy now?

  64. 64

    Equal rights for all. Can't believe Americans are so homophobic.
    But, the accuracy of this story bothers me. Traditional marrieds, or anyone else, must pay taxes on inheritance too. There is definitely something missing from this story.

  65. 65

    Maybe if she would have actually planned her estate properly, this would not have been an issue. She was stupid and didn't make the right choices. Now Annie is paying the price. That's life.

  66. 66

    Over my dead body. She needs to take a stand and not pay those taxes. No way in HELL I'd let the gov't get away with that if it were me. FUCK THE US GOVT!

  67. slgee says – reply to this


    That's bullshit!
    Annie Leibovitz is an incredible photographer, and a beautiful human being.
    Fucking homophobes..

  68. 68

    Gays are the people that pay more taxes all their lives. Since is not legal marriage status everytime gay people file taxes as a single. So fuck off anyone talking about that !

  69. 69

    Gay Tax? You're such a dumbass, this doesn't just apply to gay people you idiot. That's the death tax you're whining about and it happens to everyone. Oh and by the way Obama lovers, Bush and the Republicans tried to get rid of this tax but your money hungry Democrat buddies wanted to keep it. SUCK IT UP!

  70. ebee says – reply to this


    Not exactly true, legal married couples have to pay estate tax! Anyone who dies this year will have 45% of their assets over $3.5 million taken - doesn't matter who they leave the money to. Also often depends on state law - some states have lower exemptions.

  71. 71

    Serves her right. She left Sontag and ran away with their nanny. Karma's a bitch and so is Annie apparently.

  72. 72

    A gay men complaining about high taxes. Last time we checked - YOU VOTED FOR higher taxes when you pulled the lever for BO - and it's ONLY GOING TO get worse! Wait til' the bush Tax cuts expire, double digit unemployment, and inflation. Besides, Lebowitz, like all the other dumb fucks who LIVED BEYOND THEIR MEANS and tanked our financial system - fuck this bitch. Yeah, we all saw how relevant your “equality” cause was in the Supreme Court yesterday - basically slapped down by the justices for being whining, discriminating, sue happy fags! She's got no kids, should be NO problem for dyko.

  73. 73

    Take your marriages and shove em up your cornholes you buggerers! Marriage is a sham straight or gay.. RIghts should be equal financially and legally..NO ONE has the right to determine what is or isnt a marriage, that is up to the consenting adults who agree to be in the relationship…traditions? yeah a history of Judeo christian hypocritical dogma aimed at suppressing and enslaving and scaring the masses into submission for centuries… keep your fucking traditions you whores!

  74. 74

    The Death Taxes on everybody in the US are ridiculous, forcing families to sell land, businesses, farms, etc to pay the extortion. This commie couple should have worked out a trust to settle these thing to handle the probate for the untimely end of their life-partnership.

  75. 75

    If you list yourselves as joint tenants on a deed I believe you bypass the taxes because there is a natural right of survivorship also create a living trust for you and your spouse gay or otherwise and avoid all the probate/inderitance bullshiz. . . coming from a San Franciscan with many gay friends who have had to adjust b/c of the inequality of Prop 8

  76. 76

    That is really unfair.

  77. 77

    Susan Sontag has been dead for 4 years…how can this "gay tax" have anything to do with Annie Liebowitz's financial woes today? It makes no sense whatsoever, smells like Perez bullshit to me

  78. 78

    Lemme break it down for you. A married couple has a certain amount of their estate exempted from estate tax when they leave it to each other. That amount is currently $2 million. Anything above that is subject to estate taxes. So yes, Liebowitz is discriminated against to a certain degree because she could not have legally married her partner (assuming she even wanted to) because she does not get that exemption. But I'm guessing that Sontag's estate was sizable since Liebowitz seems to be in debt to the tune of several million dollars, a situation which would have been the case were she been able to take advantage of the "marital deduction" related to estate taxes. So the real issue is the estate tax itself and her having to foot the bill on that has nothing to do with being gay, it has to do with being rich. This was bad estate planning on the part of Sontag.

  79. 79

    Let me cry for her because she a lesbian and she couldn't take more tax deductions! She's a fucking idiot who obviously can't handle her money! Your website has be come a gay rights/gay porn site. It's really fucking sad. Seriously Mario, why don't you just change the theme of your site? All you talk about is this fag or that fag and gay porn.

  80. 80

    laws should change, but she and her accountant know this shit. i don't buy it. also, everyone is hurting.

  81. 81

    "If your partner passes away and leaves her estate to you, you have to pay up to 50 percent of the value of your inheritance in taxes. However, if you and your partner were recognized as a married couple, you wouldn't have to pay a dime."

    Wow - that sucks!! It's not really a free country when there are people who don't have equal rights but this country seemed to be founded on hypocrisy (the founders kept slaves and blacks and women could not vote - how equal is that?).

  82. 82

    So I read your constant praising and follow your constant posting of interviews you had on tv or radio yet you didn't even issue the Prop 8 subject in ANY of your interviews… if that's really important why not being a SPOKESPERSON about it and actually use your interviews and that tv time for something good and a cause that you said repeteadly that you address yet I've never seen you active on that???
    Your interviews are full of bs and they are all about how much you hate Miley, how much you love Zach and how bad you wanna fist the Oily Brothers… yet you criticised actors and actresses that didn't participate during the Prop 8 parades… so tell me are you doing any better than them???
    You are in a very comfortable position lame ass… you bash on everyone yet you do nothing to:
    * Research for your news
    * Get exclusive pics for your site
    * Be fair
    * Get info at the right time and from the source
    * Do somethng about your style
    * Be a proud gay
    You are a failure in life!

  83. 83

    If you are really that concerned why not moving your stupid ass and do something PRO GAY RIGHTS????
    Your position is very comfortable, sitting there blogging and hating on others, asking others to join your cause and DO something about it yet you can't even move a finger and what's more aggravating is that you constantly denigrate gays and lesbians on your site, you keep on calling them pityful names and pointing at them and their couples even if they are or not in the closet!
    You will never learn a thing about respect cause you can't even respect yourself, you are an unloved hatred bitch that needs to hate on others to feel that your life has a use… I really feel sorry for your!

  84. 84

    When will this issue be over. Annie Leibovitz is an awesome photographer and should not have to pay all those taxes. That is unfair because if they were married none of this would happen. Straight or married people should have the same rights. She can't help that they were not married because they are not aloud. I am sure if they could've gotten married they would have. There must be some solution to this problem. It doesn't matter if your rich or poor no one deserves to have to pay more taxes. Equality for all, I agree!!

  85. 85

    BTW… I thought you were MAD at her for snapping SANTA MILEY'S controversial pics… after that you started an anti-Annie campaign so what now??? Just ranting for the heck of it???

  86. 86

    That's absolutely disgusting. For the people bitching about her already wealthy status, you're missing the point. I don't think Perez is really making a comment about a wealthy person complaining, he is making a point about governmental policy not making sense and being discriminatory. It could have happened to anyone at any economic level and it would still be disgusting and wrong.

  87. 87


  88. Laxer says – reply to this


    Sorry Annie…you would never acknowledge this relationship in public, nor would Susan. Perhaps doing so would have helped push through the necessary legislation. Oh plus the fact that you both lived WAY beyond your means.

  89. 89

    perez you are sexiest and a FAG. y do u have to talk so much about every celeb out there except for the little ones that you like and havent u ever looked at yourself???

  90. 90

    Don't worry. Equality for all is coming soon. Your darling Obama the Commie is going to make sure we all have to pay exorbitant taxes. He wants to make us all poor. Even married couples will have to pay inheritance taxes. So you are finally going to get your equality. I hope all of you who voted for the frightening and very dangerous B. Hussein are happy with your choice. Dissent is patriotic. IMPEACH OBAMA! HE'S NOT MY PRESIDENT. OBAMA LIED. EXCHANGE YOUR AMERICAN FLAG FOR A HAMMER AND SICKLE.

  91. 91

    This story is not true. Has no one ever heard of an estate tax? Whether you are related or not, if you inherit something, you are taxed. Plain and simple.

  92. 92

    Women have been wanting freedom and separate rights from husbands. They got it and so a marriage was divided in two with each having sole and separate property. Now that's not good enough and now you want everything put back into the same pot. Seems like nobody will ever be satisfied.

  93. 93

    These are the things. Not "marriage rights" or other mariconerias… Humanity rights. This counts. Thanks for posting.

  94. E59th says – reply to this


    Re: Romy23

    My goodness, aren't you mindnumbingly stupid?