In an online campaign known as #ThotAudit, sex workers are being reported to the IRS en masse for failing to disclose money earned from premium Snapchat accounts and other statutory taxable income.
#ThotAudit first came to prominence when a user on Facebook known as David Wu, asked people to report all “sex-workers to the IRS or the local law-enforcement” if anybody saw them on his posts. It may have remained simply a flippant comment, but Wu later posted a screengrab of someone complaining they were being audited by the IRS because somebody reported their premium Snapchat account; the post was shared over 18,000 times on Facebook, and it escalated from there.
The idea seems to have originated from a comment often posted by women in the sex industry, who argue that “sex work is real work” – people posting in the #ThotAudit hashtag claim that if sex work is “real work”, then those who profit from it should be happy to pay taxes on it:
#ThotAudit how you gonna bounce back from your "Sex work is real work" chants and signs? if its real work, is it not taxable?— nikolalicanin (@nikolalicanin01) November 25, 2018
A Twitter user claiming to be a CPA tax specialist did also confirm that selling access to Snapchat accounts where one would post nude or lewd images does count as “statutory taxable income”:
The hashtag then gained traction, with some sex workers attempting to give others advice about taxes, and others threatening violence:
A bunch of men on Twitter are mad because they believe they're entitled to free nudes, so they're reporting sex workers snapchat incomes to the IRS for audits.— Suz Ellis 🍑 (@redhotsuz) November 24, 2018
Despite sex workers paying taxes.
Despite needing to make $12k to report it on taxes.
Just say you hate women & leave.
Leftist commentators also began to pick up on the hashtag:
Should we really be surprised that on Thanksgiving weekend, instead of spending time with family, or significant others, or friends – their only contact is being volunteer cops for the Internal Revenue Service, and being very very mad at nude women on the internet. #ThotAudit— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 25, 2018
In the right-wing internet tonight, the online failsons are attempting to punish women who have premium pay-to-view Instagram/Snapchat accounts by reporting them to the IRS. pic.twitter.com/A9MwQQ3CTp— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) November 25, 2018
Many other users supported the hashtag, pointing out the hypocrisy of the left, slamming mainstream news sites for labelling the posters as “incels”, or simply posting memes:
Everyone I know IRL who is currently looking to make a killing on IRS reports are men with relationships and jobs— Margaret’s heading back to maple land (@MargaretsBelly) November 24, 2018
Don’t believe the incel smear job #thotaudit
At the time of writing, there have been no confirmed IRS audits into anyone targeted by #ThotAudit.