The Detroit News reported Wednesday that Vanessa, 28, and Angela Simmons, 24, daughters of rapper Rev. Run of Run DMC, owe nearly half a million dollars in back taxes.
According to the site, the sisters collectively owe nearly $450,000 to the federal government and the state of California. Beginning in March, several liens were issued against Vanessa in the amount of $224,568 and Angela for $186,372.
According to the IRS’s site, a federal tax lien gives the government “a legal claim to property as security or payment for a tax debt.” The debt amount is kept public in the lien until the debt is paid in full.
The Simmons sisters entered the public eye on the MTV Run’s House, a reality show centered on their family and their lives as the daughter of a legendary rapper. In 2007, they launched their Pastry shoe brand. They told Jet magazine in September that they hoped to turn Pastry into a fashion empire, much like their uncle Russell Simmons did with his Phat Farm brand.
So far, there have been no comments yet from either Simmons sister or their Pastry representatives.
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