Another year, another couple million dollars in the hole. In December 2009, we reported that Nas owed $2.5 million in back taxes—one reason he was whining about ex-wife Kelis‘ child support. But it looks like 2010 wasn’t any kinder to the dude: according to the Tax Watchdog blog, Nas now owes $6.4 million to the government, with the last half-mill or so tacked on earlier this month. Adding insult to injury, his condo association wants $3,860 in unpaid assessments on his Queens crib. Get in line, guys! Get in line.
It is really a shame that Nas and Kelis couldn’t work out their differences and fight their money problems together (a maid recently accused Kelis of owing her $900 and a hair stylist sued the “A Capella” singer for $5,000 in March). How do you go from buying a secluded mansion for “loud sex” to this financial heartbreak? Oh, right—by not figuring out how to pay for the secluded mansions.
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Val Kilmer is joining that illustrious group of celebs who have failed to pay their taxes. Past members include Swizz Beatz, Marc Anthony, and of course, the king of all tax-evading, Wesley Snipes–-who’s currently serving three years in federal prison for tax evasion.
Kilmer reportedly owes $500,000 in taxes and as a result, a lien has been placed on his home in New Mexico. Kilmer’s money troubles make no sense to us, because why else would he have done MacGruber, if not for the money? Where did it all go? We just hope that Kilmer’s situation doesn’t end up like Snipes’. It’s be a shame to send the Iceman to prison.
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It’s mo’ money, mo’ problems for Mr. JLo as allegedly Marc Anthony owes $3.4 Million in back taxes. Reportedly, in March 2010 New York authorities demanded Jennifer Lopez‘s husband pay the $1.8 million he owed on a property in Nassau County, New York. Just four months previously, the federal government put a $1.6 million tax lien on that same estate, which Anthony had just…not paid. Someone needs to remind crazy-rich people that even though they don’t have to raise their own kids or pick up after their own dogs, someone still needs to file their taxes. Did Wesley Snipes teach America nothing?
While neither Anthony nor his lawyer have commented on the reports, the singer had a similar problem with the feds in 2007, eventually paying $2.5 million after failing to properly pay up for four years. At the time Anthony blamed his management, and his financial advisers eventually pleaded guilty to a number of tax-related felonies. As staggering a number as $3.4 million might seem to us, we’re sure JLo can just root around between the cushions of their many white leather couches and find enough in loose change. Or she can hire someone to do it for her, since a diva does not “root”.
Explain something to us: Do celebrities feel that taxes are an optional activity? That if their crazy schedules cause them to “forget” one year, the government will magically make them disappear? Plus, with all the gazillion dollars they make, would it not be wise to give a teeny tiny amount of that cash to an accountant to sort out their finances so they don’t have to sweat their famous brows? Apparently, not.
Khloe Kardashian obviously thought that IRS were fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians or something, because she decided to stop paying taxes in 2007, when the show debuted on E!. Khloe owes a grand total of $18,490.74 to the state of California. Come on KK, that’s like pocket change to you! You and your sisters can’t “take Miami” if you’re stuck in a Kourthouse! Learn something from the likes these famous tax evaders (photos). They’re celebrities too and – newsflash! – the government doesn’t care.