Most of us pay our taxes faithfully and on-time every year, but some ofHollywood's biggest stars seem to think they're above Uncle Sam. Take LaurynHill for example, as she pled guilty for not following the law for almost threeyears and could face jail time!
How Much She Owed: $1.5 million
Year She Owed It: 2005-2007
What Happened: Lauryn had a good reason for not payingmillions in taxes for three years: she was withdrawingfrom society! "I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did Ideliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, healthand freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over allother material concerns!" she wrote on her blog. Uh, what? TheIRS called BS though and has charged her with willfully failing to file taxreturns. She pled guilty of her actions and sentencing is set for late November.Lauryn could face up to three years in prison for her crime!
How Much She Owed: $179,000
Year She Owed It: 2008
What Happened: The Black Snake Moan actress has been working steadily in TV and film for over two decades, so it remained a mystery how she ended up owing the government $179,000 in unpaid taxes from 2008. A rep for Christina said that she was taking "immediate action to address it in a responsible manner."
How Much He Owed: $5.6 million
Year He Owed It: 2011
What Happened: Weezy just can't seem to escape the tax man. The rapper owed a staggering $5.6 million related to taxes he owed from 2008-2009. The year before that, he had a $1.13 million tax lien filed against him in June 2010, but paid off the debt that November. Hire an accountant, dude!
How Much He Owed: $17 million
Year He Owed It: 2006
What Happened: Wesley's attempt to escape the tax man was so outrageous that a judge sentenced him to three years in prison for willfully failing to file tax returns. The judge also ruled that he must pay up to $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest. Wesley paid $15 million of it on the spot and began serving his sentence in December 2010. "I think any man would be nervous if his liberty is at stake," he said. "I'm disappointed that the system seems not to be working for me in this situation."
How Much She Owed: $500,000
Year She Owed It: 2009
What Happened: The blonde bombshell claimed that mounting bills from a lawsuit against a construction company was the reason for her half-a-million dollar tax issues. However, she also took full responsibility for the situation. "I hate to owe anybody anything and it just feels terrible to be in a situation -- that I think a lot of people are these days, so I’m working on it,” she said.
How Much She Owed: $234,000
Year She Owed It: 2009-2010
What Happened: Compared to all the other legal drama Lindsay has faced over the years, unpaid taxes doesn't even seem that bad. Nevertheless, Lindsay owed $140,000 for unpaid taxes in 2010 and still hadn't cut the government any money from $93,000 owed in 2009. Naturally, because nothing is ever Lindsay's fault, she blamed her accountant for the fiasco.
How Much They Owed: $1.7 million
Year They Owed It: 2011
What Happened: Rock's most notorious couple initially blamed their accountant on their huge tax mishap, but Sharon later said she took full responsibility for not paying enough attention to her finances. "Even though he is paid to do a job, the buck stops with me," she said. "I was too involved with myself. I cancelled two meetings with him over the last 18 months because I was way too busy." However, the Osbournes paid off $700,000 from their tax bill earlier this month.
How Much He Owed: $4.8 million
Year He Owed It: 2005-present
What Happened: It looks like R. Kelly had some skeletons trapped in his closet that included some outrageous payments owed to Uncle Sam! The IRS claimed earlier this month that the singer owes more than $4.8 million on taxes dating back to 2005. What's even crazier is that R. Kelly owed more at one point! He's paid $2.6 million in back taxes in 2008 and $1 million last year, but isn't even close to saddling up on his tax debt. This also resulted in his mansion going into foreclosure last year, with the R&B crooner owing $2.9 million on the property.
What do you think of the inabillity of these famous faces to pay their taxes?
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