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Oscars 2013: Plentiful freebies filled luxury gift suites and the loot in Hollywood’s official swag bags

February 1st, 2013 · 2 Comments

Oscars 2013 taxable swag bags By Michael Hepworth HOLLYWOOD CA, (Hollywood Today)2/1/13/–Even if the celebrities walking the red carpet don’t take home any Oscar hardware tonight, most won’t be leaving empty-handed. Between the plentiful freebies given out in sponsored luxury gift suites and the loot in official ‘swag bags,’ A-listers have been known to score up to $100,000 in free gifts at awards shows like the Oscars (think lavish vacations, high-end beauty products, electronics and jewelry). Not bad, eh? But what many people don’t know is that in the eyes of the IRS, these freebies aren’t so free at all: the trips, the jewelry and the $500 face cream is all considered taxable income. Seriously. FAIZA COSMETIQUES – ADVANCED ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE SYSTEM $275.00 The ultimate advanced anti-aging skin care system including:  Anti-Age Rich Cream, Anti-Age Intense Repair Serum, Targeted Ceramides Lifting Cream, Mild Cleansing Milk and Fortifying Toning Lotion. http://www.faiza.ca EMINENCE $48.00 Refining, hydrating and nourishing organic body scrub with virgin coconut oil and raw sugar cane. http://www.eminenceorganics.com DR. GARTH FISHER $1,645.00 The world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Garth Fisher, has launched his own “Biomed Spa” to assist his patients in furthering their beauty regime via the latest and greatest non-surgical treatments and technologies…lasers, injectibles and non-invasive fat reduction, along with his own skin care line “CellCeuticals.” http://www.garthfisher.com EC GALLERY $500.00 Limited edition art. http://www.ecgallery.com DARCI BY DI CAPRIO COSMETICS $207.50 darci by Di Caprio™ Cosmetics are formulated with technologically-advanced ingredients that blend color with skin treatments. The line includes foundations, mica pigments, gel liners, lipsticks and stains containing vitamins, peptides, lip plumpers and jet milled minerals. Best of all, 95% of darci by Di Caprio products are made in the USA. Brand new to the line are professional, cruelty-free and vegan certified makeup brushes. Their #1 bestseller: the darci by Di Caprio Brush Cleaner.  Lisa Di Caprio and Darci Henry founded darci by Di Caprio Cosmetics on the belief that YOU create your own destiny, BECOME who you want and ACHIEVE your financial dreams. The brand embodies their own transformations — rebuilding their self-confidence and believing in themselves — in order to change the trajectory of their lives.   As evidenced by the quality of their cosmetics and their devotion to women’s charitable organizations, ‘The Beauty of Believing in Yourself’, is more than just a tagline to Di Caprio and Henry.  The presentation includes darci by Di Caprio’s signature brush cleaner, two limited-edition Kabuki brushes and an eco-friendly towel. The brushes are made with 100% synthetic brush fibers that are cruelty-free and vegan certified. Products are concealed in a beautifully decorated, hollow book, wrapped with the message “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Also included is a USB drive with the brand’s Movie Preview and Movie and a “script” featuring the founders’ story. http://www.darcibydicaprio.net LEAINE DEHMER’S SKINSATIONS SPA $1,000.00 Invitation to visit the lauded skincare clinic of LA’s only Skin Behaviorist. http://www.leainedehmer.com LIVE IN FITNESS ENTERPRISE (LIFE) $4,850.00 1 Week All Inclusive Fitness and Weight Loss Retreat. http://www.liveinfitness.com KOSANKA $80.00 100% natural anti-aging beverage with concentrated antioxidants http://www.acai.co.jp/english RED CARPET MANICURE $300.00 Red Carpet Manicure brings the professional salon experience to the masses with the first DIY gel manicure system.  With 54 different shades and a professional LED light, consumers now have an affordable, easy and safe way to have gel nails that lasts for weeks. http://www.redcarpetmanicure.com
NIGHTFALL BY SUSAN MCCRAY $65.00 From famed Hollywood casting director Susan McCray comes the eau de parfum Nightfall by Susan McCray™. A delightful melody of white florals accompanied by fresh citrus and a few secret ingredients contained in a 2 oz. hand-etched French crystal bottle, finished with a crystal-studded stopper. http://www.nightfallbysusanmccray.com
ORGANIC SOAP AND SPA $2,400 With over 150 products, Organic Soap and Spa will send a variety of products, based on the recipient’s personal preferences, valued at $200 each month to the recipient. Each celebrity will have a personal concierge assigned to them.www.organicsoapandspa.com
VAPORTRIM $9.95 Vaportrim is the world’s first zero-calorie dessert. Vaportrim is the newest scientific breakthrough in vapor technology. It works with the senses of taste and smell so that users feel full and eat less. Research has shown that 70-75% of what people taste comes through smell. With Vaportrim, as the vapor is inhaled, smell and taste receptors send messages to the brain which release hormones that tell the body it’s full. http://www.vaportrim.com

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andre' Haynes // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Tip to future Red Carpet attendees – Bring an IRS 1099 Form or buy an extra ticket for your CPA.

  • 2 Danielle Wash // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    What a complex issue. Most freebies are donated to the non-profit aka charity and the donors receive a tax write-off. The non-profit in turn gives away the freebies to special guests for attendance and lending their celebrity for marketing purposes. Maybe the non-profit should trade freebies for appearance fees to remove the liability. Just saying. That’s what I would do if it were my decision to make.

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