Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez leaves Hollywood restaurant with a friend

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez cut a stylish figure as she enjoyed dinner at a Hollywood restaurant with a friend just one day after her boyfriend was exposed for paying no income tax for two years. 

The actress and news anchor, 51, who wore her dark hair loose, donned a white puff-sleeved dress and put safety first in a protective face mask in keeping with California’s coronavirus guidelines. 

She accessorized with a necklace and dainty pair of earrings, while her brunette friend opted for an off-the-shoulder black top before heading into an awaiting car behind Lauren.  

Lauren’s appearance comes just days after the IRS launched an investigation into how confidential tax return data was leaked, which divulged how billionaires like Bezos and Elon Musk have paid zero federal income tax in some years.   

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, 51, cut a stylish figure as she enjoyed dinner at a Hollywood restaurant just a day after her boyfriend was exposed as having paid no income tax. Pictured, leaving with a friend

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, 51, cut a stylish figure as she enjoyed dinner at a Hollywood restaurant just a day after her boyfriend was exposed as having paid no income tax. Pictured, leaving with a friend

The actress (seen leaving with a friend), 51, wore her hair loose, donned a white puff-sleeved dress and put safety first in a face mask in keeping with California's coronavirus guidelines

 The actress (seen leaving with a friend), 51, wore her hair loose, donned a white puff-sleeved dress and put safety first in a face mask in keeping with California’s coronavirus guidelines

IRS records from the wealthiest people in the United States were obtained by ProPublica and published on Tuesday.     

The trove of records showed that Amazon founder Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011, while Tesla boss Musk’s income tax bill came to zero in 2018.

Investor George Soros went three straight years – between 2016 and 2018 – without paying federal income tax, according to the records. 

Fellow investor Carl Icahn did not pay federal tax in 2016 and 2017. 

In reviewing the tax data, the site calculated what it called a ‘true tax rate’ for the billionaires by comparing how much tax they paid annually from 2014 to 2018 to how much Forbes estimated their wealth had grown in that same period. 

The report found that, overall, the richest 25 Americans pay less in tax than the average worker does. 

Lauren and divorcee Bezos officially went public with their relationship on July 14 when they attended the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final together. Pictured, attending the Tom Ford AW20 Show at Milk Studios on February 07, 2020 in Hollywood

Lauren and divorcee Bezos officially went public with their relationship on July 14 when they attended the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final together. Pictured, attending the Tom Ford AW20 Show at Milk Studios on February 07, 2020 in Hollywood

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011, according to IRS records obtained by ProPublica and published on Tuesday

Tesla founder Elon Musk's income tax bill came to zero in 2018, the records show. He is pictured with musician girlfriend Grimes

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011, while Tesla founder Elon Musk’s income tax bill came to zero in 2018, according to IRS records obtained by ProPublica and published on Tuesday

HOW CAN THE SUPER-RICH PAY LOWER TAXES? 

Many billionaires are able to reduce their federal tax bills using legal tax strategies.  

Among the ways they can reduce tax bills are:

Making sizable donations to charity

The rich can reduce tax bills through the use of charitable donations. 

They can deduct up to 60 per cent of adjusted gross income with donations. 

Investing in stocks to avoid wage income

The rich can reduce taxes by avoiding wage income, which can be taxed at up to 37 per cent.

They can instead benefit from investment income, which is often taxed at 20 per cent.

Paying themselves lower salaries

If the mega-rich pay themselves a lower salary, they can then take a higher portion of the income as dividends.

The lower salary is then taxed a normal rate. Dividends are often taxed the same as the capital gains rate, which is between 15 to 20 per cent.

Another option is to opt for part of their compensation in their company stock options. Stock is usually only taxed when the options are exercised.

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The median American household, in recent years, earned an average salary of about $70,000 and paid 14 percent in federal taxes per year.

Based on data from the 25 richest Americans, they collectively paid a true tax rate of 3.4 percent between 2014 to 2018 on wealth growth of $401 billion.  

Lauren and divorcee Bezos officially went public with their relationship on July 14, 2019 when they attended the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final together – bagging seats just three rows behind Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Their loved-up display at the All England Tennis Club came seven months after the National Enquirer revealed that the tech entrepreneur had been having an affair with Lauren while he was still married to ex-wife MacKenzie.

Bezos, who is the world’s richest man, finalized his divorce from MacKenzie – who has since remarried – on July 5 to the tune of a $38 billion settlement.   

Details of Bezos’ relationship with Lauren have now been revealed in a new book, Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, which details how the businessman wooed his girlfriend by taking her to an exclusive tech conference in Palm Springs in March 2018 – ten months before he and MacKenzie announced that they were separating. 

According to the book, it was at this conference where Lauren’s relationship with Bezos blossomed. Three years on, they have both divorced their respective spouses and the relationship is still going strong. 

Lauren, shares son Evan Whitesell, 14, and daughter Eleanor Patricia Whitesell, 13, with ex-husband Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent and founding partner of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Her eldest son Nikko Gonzalez, 20, is from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez.

It was Lauren’s talent agent ex-husband who first introduced her to Bezos, and when their relationship ‘faltered’, she grew increasingly close with the Amazon founder, the recently-released book claims. 

Lauren, who was a helicopter pilot, and Bezos are said to have bonded over a shared passion for aviation.

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