Guests who took home gift-packed bags from yesterday's (05MAR06) Academy Awards ceremony may have to pay $30,000 (GBP17,500) in taxes on their new acquisitions. The bags, which included a $7000 (GBP4,000) Victoria's Secret underwear set and a coupon for LASIK surgery, are worth approximately $100,000 (GBP58,000) each. And unfortunately for the celebrities present, the Unites States Inland Revenue Service has declared that the bags given to Oscar attendees count as taxable income. IRS commissioner MARK EVERSON quips, "We want to make sure the stars 'walk the line' when it comes to these goody bags."
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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.