Celebrity Tax Troubles – Stars With IRS Problems
It’s Tax Day, so Gossip Cop is taking a look at some of the many celebrities who have had tax troubles. Despite their wealth, a number of stars have had IRS problems.
In April, the tax man came knocking on Iggy Azalea’s door, asking for a reported $391,056.55. The unpaid monies stemmed back taxes from 2014, the same year she had the number one hit “Fancy.” The Australian rapper brushed off her tax issues on Twitter. “They exaggerate everything. the IRS gave the option to pay them monthly or lump sum. i picked monthly, who wouldnt?” she tweeted in response to a fan. In another reply, Azalea said, “its like writing ‘iggy pays a mortgage on her house every month!’ and trying to make it a story. its not a story. lol.”
Khloe Kardashian had tax troubles in 2010. The reality star was slapped with a $18,490.74 tax lien for unpaid back taxes, penalties, and collection fees from money she made in 2007. Lindsay Lohan also got caught in the crosshairs of the IRS. She reportedly owed nearly $300,000 for unpaid taxes from 2009 through 2011. Charlie Sheen helped the actress pay off her tax debt. And Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns from 2004 to 2009. He’s currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for fraud.
Robert Downey Jr. is now one of Hollywood’s biggest and highest paid stars, but in 2007 the actor paid off nearly $2 million in debt to the IRS for failing to pay his taxes during the time his career was marked more by his arrests for drug charges. In 2014, Solange was hit with a tax lien, but had no idea about it until the media reported on it. After learning she owed $55,000, she tweeted, “Well thanks for letting me know, lol.” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino had a rough tax year in 2014 as well. The former “Jersey Shore” star was charged with tax evasion. He was accused of failing to pay his full income tax on $8.9 million in earnings.
Some of the other stars Gossip Cop has unfortunately had to report about their taxes troubles include Lauryn Hill, who served time in prison in 2013 for failing to pay; rapper Fat Joe, who also served time in 2013; and Stephen Baldwin, who pled guilty to tax evasion in 2013. And, of course, Wesley Snipes was sentenced in 2010 to 36 months in federal prison for not paying taxes on $7 million of income. Snipes served 28 months behind bars and the remainder of his sentence under house arrest for his taxes issues. Gossip Cop sincerely hope everyone in Hollywood, as well as their accountants and business managers, have everything in order for 2016.