*Uncle Sam thought he had Jermaine Dupri.
But nope, the man is much too smart with the green to get duped into filing for bankruptcy or going to jail.
The producer is a G with resources, and used them to pay off a $3 million tax lien.
According to official filings, he didn’t pay taxes way back in 2006 and owed more than $3 million.
Dupri can just file this under “done deal!”
*It’s always kind of weird when estranged celebrity friends, boyfriends, or whomever speak to the press on sort of personal (hard to be in the lime light) matters of other celebrities.
Wyclef Jean spoke to Montreality.com about ex-bandmate (and alleged lover) Lauryn Hill’s tax troubles.
The singer is facing three years in jail for failing to pay taxes.
“I heard about the little drama she got in-in the news, wishing her better on that. You know? Actually, I was on the phone with Pras earlier. It’s all good. Nothing but love for the Fugees,” he said.
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Supposedly the singers haven’t spoken in years. A little awkward right?
Lauryn refused to pay taxes on her $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007, because she believed it was the move to make to withdraw from society and protect her family.
While she’s trying to figure things out financially, Wyclef is working on a book, “Purpose,” which will be out in September.
“My first book is called Purpose. Because that’s the first thing I did, right? I had to find my purpose. That’s what a lot of us go through.”
*Singer Kelis has been hit with a big fat tax bill recently and needs to pay up for years 2004 and 2010.
According to reports, the ‘Milk Shake’ artist owes Uncle Sam around $300,000, and the IRS wants it now.
TMZ reported that documents were filed in New York City, demanding she come with every cent of $330,426,71, or else. The filing reveals that she earned more money than usual, evidenced by her support of Britney Spears during her The Onyx Hotel tour.
She’s currently on tour in Europe for a music festival, promoting her latest music.
Also, public records state that her ex-husband, Nas is also in debt to ‘the man’ some $6 million. But he cited child support as the reason for not paying taxes.
He told MTV, “Life is crazy. I [wound] up paying more money to baby mommas than what some of my rap brothers and sistren make.’”
*As we reported, Lauryn Hill owes Uncle Sam big bucks.
The IRS filed charges against the artist for failing to pay more than $1.5 million in taxes for money she earned from 2005 to 2007.
Instead of letting this little issue roll by in the press, the normally private celebrity went to her Tumblr account to explain why she decided not to pay taxes.
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She wrote that she stopped paying taxes after she felt it was necessary to withdraw from society for the safety and well being of her family, citing “false entitlement, manipulation and racial prejudice.”
“It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed,” she wrote. “Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.”
She continued: “Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution,” she wrote.
The five-time Grammy winner could face up to a year in prison or pay $100,000 in fines.
All we can say is, Lauryn, if you even remotely think or thought that ‘excuse’ would fly with the IRS, pigs really can … well, you know.
*Beloved R&B/gospel singer Montell Jordan is another celebrity on the IRS hit list.
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The performer is indebted to the government for a surprising $627,987.06 in back taxes for years 1999-2001, according to TMZ.
A tax lien was filed against him in 2004, but he obviously didn’t pay up. So another was filed against him last month, but if this time if he doesn’t pay up, all his wonderful possessions are going to Uncle Sam.
Wait a minute. Hold up! Jordan says he paid his bill years ago after he sold his music catalog. He claims that the money has been sitting in an account administered by a division of the U.S. Justice Department that oversees bankruptcy cases.
And how’s this for irony? His signature hit signature song, “This Is How We Do It,” serves as the soundtrack for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service’s TV advertising campaign, called “Jackson Hewitt’s How You Do It.”
Jordan, who filed for bankruptcy in 2004, says he is disputing some of the penalties that have been levied against him by the feds, reports NewsOne.
*You thought you had it bad. Damon Dash is in some deep debt. On the “Sway in the Morning” show on Shade 45, the rapper revealed that his troubles with the IRS exceeded the original $2million it was thought that he owed.
“I owe way more than $2 million in taxes. That must’ve just been the IRS,” Dash said, laughing, before admitting that he was in a bad space financially. “Nah, nah, I’m f—ed up.”
Dash and his former partners Jay-Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke founded Roc-A-Fella Records and released a few singles. As the company grew, Jay-Z eventually left the trio because he basically outgrew his home.
But that left Dash and friends out in the cold. So he started other business ventures, but eventually ran into some tax issues.
“They’re auditing me. When you’re a business man, you have a lot of businesses, a lot of times they think you’re laundering money or you’re pretending you’re writing things off that you don’t,” he continued. “I’m a true businessman. As you know, I believe in my independence, I have no partners, so every dollar I make goes right back into every business I have.”
He claims that the audit is due to his accountant’s failure to itemize his expenses. Now that things are in motion, he can’t make any real big moves. Instead, he’ll be waiting for what he thinks will be a long process to be over.