YouTuber Boogie2988 under fire after seemingly admitting to tax fraud on stream - Dexerto

YouTuber Boogie2988 under fire after seemingly admitting to tax fraud on stream

Published: 3/Apr/2019 23:35 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 0:48

by Virginia Glaze


Popular YouTuber and Twitch streamer Steven ‘Boogie2988’ Williams is best known for his rants about gaming and nerd culture – but his latest debacle has him making the rounds for an entirely different reason.

Boogie went live on Twitch in early April when he discussed making a purchase of Magic the Gathering cards as a business expense and confessing to later selling them to a friend under the table so as to avoid declaring the income on his taxes.

“Eventually, if I sell those cards, I have to pay income [tax] on the cards I sell if there’s a paper trail,” he explained. “If I sell them to a friend for 20 bucks… none the wiser.”

Boogie’s stream quickly gained traction across social media, attracting the attention of fans and critics who were quick to point out that he may have openly admitted to committing possible tax fraud during a live broadcast.

“Who needs a paper trail when you have a giant, flaming paper arrow pointing at you, visible from orbit, with your name on it?” one commenter wrote of the issue.

Boogie's supposed tax fraud incited a heated argument on Reddit, with users debating the specifics of the hypothetical situation.

“He can easily get audited,” another speculated. “He just admitted to defrauding the government – what else is he lying about on his 1040? I doubt he’s reporting all the donations/twitch revenue if he’s willing to lie so easily.”

However, other users questioned if such a transaction could actually count as a business expense, with some arguing that a small amount of $500 wouldn’t warrant an investigation from the IRS.

Cartamundi.comBoogie’s ‘Magic the Gathering’ card sales were questioned by fans and critics, who wondered if such a sale would count as a business transaction.

“…It all depends on defining the sale of the goods as a business or hobby,” one user wrote. “If he is putting a lot of time selling these goods, then it’s a business and any gains should be reported. But if he’s only made less than a grand in profit over several years, then it does not need to be reported.”

Others compared Boogie’s debacle to that of IRL streamer ICE_POSEIDON, who appeared to admit to running a Ponzi scheme during a live stream in late February.

Although POSEIDON later denied running any sort of scam on his business investors, his denial was questioned when his home was raided by the FBI in late March – although the cause of the raid was later said to be due to a “spoofed” phone number calling in alleged bomb threats.

Boogie has yet to speak out on the supposed “tax fraud” via his social media accounts.


Forsen banned on Twitch for third time in 2020

Published: 26/Nov/2020 11:15

by Alice Hearing


Twitch streamer Forsen has been hit with a ban on the platform. The reasons why are unclear as it stands and nothing has been confirmed, but fans are speculating he’s another victim of DMCA regulations. 

Forsen is one of the website’s most popular streamers, with over 1.3 million followers. He has been broadcasting for almost a decade on the platform, too.

On November 26, it was confirmed that there would be another ban on his channel – and it’s not certain how long it will last for.

Speculation has already begun, with one Twitter user claiming Forsen has fallen victim to Twitch’s DMCA regulations, adding, “DMCA apparently, stream sniper played copyrighted music … The state of Twitch.”

In 2020, Several streamers have been banned for old VODs that feature any form of licensed music. The issue has affected big-name streamers including JakeNBake, LIRIK, and Pokimane to name a few. Despite Twitch apologizing and claiming to take action, the controversy still looms heavily on Twitch streamers.

This isn’t his first time facing a suspension from the platform. Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors was banned from Twitch for the second time on September 10, following his previous ban in May.

He wasn’t given a detailed explanation behind his account ban, but once unbanned, Forsen revealed more information. During his September 12 stream, Forsen explained he believes he was suspended for using a homophobic slur, but says it was ‘misheard’ because of his Swedish accent.

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