Top 10 Stars With Tax Problems

You Pay your Taxes, Shouldn't Celebs?

April 13, 2021

Lauryn Hill – Again, tax woes land a star behind bars. According to the Department of Justice, the eight-time Grammy-winning artist and former member of the Fugees failed to file her tax returns from 2005 to 2007. Hill pled guilty to tax evasion charges for $1.8 million in earnings. But wait, there’s more: "Although Hill pleaded guilty to charges specifically related to those tax years, her sentence also takes into account additional income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009 — when she also failed to file federal returns — along with her outstanding tax liability to the state of New Jersey, for a total income of approximately $2.3 million and total tax loss of approximately $1,006,517," the prosecutor said.

As she explained, “When I was working consistently…, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.” She had to withdraw from society a little further when she spent three months in a federal prison.

So if you act like a movie star, hit like an all-star, or sing like a rock star, the IRS still wants their share.

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Carla | 04.14.16 @ 15:28
There is NO excuse why anyone shouldn't pay taxes. Especially when you have the means to do so like these people.
Meredith L | 04.14.16 @ 15:31
I have to agree with Carla - if you;re making this kind of bank, you should absolutely have a good financial advisor to make sure you don't go through this kind of problem.
Carla | 04.14.16 @ 16:04
I am surprised by some of these people not paying taxes. If you make that much money, you need to step up and pay your taxes.
Steffanie | 04.14.16 @ 16:16
I would have thought stars would be able to pay for someone to take better care of their money. Just goes to show you that even they can have tax issues.
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