The eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident was charged with willfully failing to file income tax returnswith the IRS. Federal prosecutors said she didn’t pay taxes on more than $1.5 million earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from recording and film royalties.
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In 2008, actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced to 3 years in prison for failing to file his federal income tax from 1999 to 2004. Snipes was recently released from prison after serving more than two years for owing nearly $17 million to the IRS.
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Isley Brothers frontman Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion in 2006 for his conviction of 1 count of willful failure to file a return and 5 counts of tax evasion. He was ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the IRS.
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The state of California lists Orenthal Simpson near the top of its ledger of delinquent taxpayers, with a tab of more than $1.5 million. The funds are long overdue; a tax lien was originally filed on Sept. 1, 1999. It will be interesting to see how he pays this back from the Lovelock Correctional Center where he is now serving out his 33-year sentence.
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R&B singer (and wife of the late Notorious BIG) Faith Evans has recently found herself in serious tax trouble. This March it was reported that she owes as much as $360,000 in back taxes.
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In 1973 Chuck Berry, most noted for songs like ‘Johnny B. Goode’ ‘Maybellene’ and ‘Memphis,’ was sentenced to 4 months in prison for not reporting and paying taxes on a $200,000 earning.
Carver County tax records show the legendary “Purple One” is drowning in red ink. Prince’s PRN Music Corp. owes thousands in unpaid taxes from 2009 to state and other government bodies.
Since fading from the spotlight in the late 90s, comedian Sinbad has managed to ring up some steep bills. This year he even lost his home over tax debt.
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According to The Detroit News, the 50-year-old Public Enemy hype man and unlikely reality show star was delinquent on his taxes in 2009, owing $183,000.
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In 2005 the former mayor of Washington, D.C., received 3 years probation after pleading guilty to charges of failing to file his tax return. The IRS has also filed a new motion to revoke his probation since he hasn’t filed his 2007 return either. Barry, who had high-profile run-ins with the authorities in the past for drug use, has claimed that recent illness had left him too distracted to focus on his tax returns.
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Another addition to hip-hop’s illustrious, or one might argue infamous, list of tax cheats is Nas. Already smarting from a very messy and public divorce battle with ex-wife Kelis, it was revealed last year that the rapper owes over $2.5 million in taxes to the government.
Rush Hour series star Chris Tucker might be having trouble rushing to meet the April 15th deadline to file taxes. According to the state of California, from 2001-2002 and 2004-2007 he racked up a back tax bill of $3,594,409. As of October 2011, he is in danger of losing his $6 million home.
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In 1984, boxing promoter Don King, who promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, went ‘down for the count’ after getting hit with 20 counts of federal tax evasion and falsifying tax returns, with a reported amount of 1 million dollars.
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Back when music mogul Damon Dash lived the “Big Pimpin” life style like former homie Jay-Z, he seemed to neglect to pay his taxes. In 2007 Dash was sent a hefty $2 million bill by the state of New York.
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Dionne Warwick apparently can not only sing her way to the top of the charts with hits like “Anyone Who Had A Heart”,and “Walk On By” but can also hit the top of California Franchise Tax Board’s “Top Tax Evaders” charts. According to MSNBC, the Grammy-Award-winning singer is now on a payment plan with the IRS for her delinquent taxes of over $2.2 million.
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Studdard, who owes $254,119 in unpaid taxes, according to The Detroit News, must not know, even after getting hit with his fourth tax lien, that when you win contests like “American Idol” and get a $1 million record deal, you’re still taxed. Maybe the fifth time will be the charm.
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Comedian, actor Red Foxx, best known for his starring role in sitcom Sanford and Son, seems to have had the last laugh when it comes to his taxes. Before Foxx died in 1991, he owed the IRS an outstanding $3.6 million.
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Toni Braxton, a 6-time Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter, has been singing, “I Don’t Want To” pay taxes to the IRS. As of March 26, 2010, a tax lien was filed for years 2007 and 2008 for a total of $396,330. Braxton now seems to be trying to dance her way back into the IRS’s good grace on the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars.
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For years, Griffin has been making audiences crack up with his raucous stand up. But his tax evasion is no laughing matter for the IRS. He reportedly owes the state of California $147,841 in delinquent taxes.
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Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker better beware the IRS doesn’t start coming for his stuff. If he hasn’t learned a thing or two by now from being on set of his new movie Repo Man when you don’t pay, they come to collect. In years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 the state of California filed liens against him totally up to $1.27 million.
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Former MLB star Darryl Strawberry, who is better known for leading the 1986 NY Mets and the 1996,1998 and 1999 NY Yankess to a world series win, has a problem winning in the eye of the taxman. In 2009, he reportedly owed $550,000 in back taxes from three liens filed against him; two in 2008, one for $44,359, the other for $250,184, and one in 2009 for $259,480.
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In honor of ‘Tax Day’ we put together a slideshow of African-American stars who have infamously found themselves in tax trouble.
Black celebrities are some of the most infamous tax evasion offenders, from former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill to actor Wesley Snipes, who was recently released from prison earlier this month after serving over 2 years for owing nearly $17 million in back taxes.
Click through the slideshow to see some of your favorite performers who have been accused of screwing over Uncle Sam.
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