Celebrities who've had tax trouble
See which celebrities have come under fire for failing, or allegedly failing, to pay their taxes.
Robert Downey Jr.(Credit: Getty Images)
Frequent drug issues and stints in jail during the 1980s and 1990s led to Robert Downey Jr. racking up a $2 million tax bill, according to the New York Daily News. After he got clean, he dealt with his tax bill, reclaimed his career and is now in good standing.
Christie Brinkley(Credit: Getty Images)
A model and former wife of Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley had a tax lien filed against her in 2011. ABC News reported that she had failed to pay more than $500,000 in taxes on her $30 million Bridgehampton mansion.
John Travolta(Credit: AP / Richard Shotwell)
Actor John Travolta owed the IRS $1.1 million for filing improper losses during the years 1993 to 1995. The Los Angeles Times reported that Travolta ended up paying back $607,400 in 2000.
Chris Tucker(Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain)
The IRS hit Chris Tucker with a $2.5 million tax lien in 2014, according to CNN, but he reached a deal one week later. The Washington Post also reported that in a stand-up comedy show in 2015, Tucker joked, "You gotta have an accounting degree to be with me."
R. Kelly(Credit: AP)
In 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported that R. Kelly owed the IRS a total of $5 million from six different tax years. He had already managed to pay back $3.6 million by 2009 but still owed roughly $4.8 million by the time his home was auctioned off in 2013.
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne(Credit: AP)
Rocker and reality-TV star Ozzy Osbourne and his ex-wife Sharon faced IRS tax problems in 2011. Billboard reported that they owed $1.7 million in back taxes, including $1.024 million from 2009 and $718,948 from 2008, all attached to property. The couple did, however, pay off the debt within a week of being notified.
O.J. Simpson(Credit: Getty Images)
In 1997, CNN reported that football star and actor O.J. Simpson owed between $600,000 and $700,000 in back taxes. In 2013, while serving a 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas, he was hit with yet another tax lien for $17,000, TMZ reported. His total tax debt stands at $515,000.
Marc Anthony(Credit: Getty Images for LARAS / Christopher Polk)
Latin music star Marc Anthony was hit with tax liens in 2010. Radar Online reported that he received two bills for unpaid taxes on his Long Island estate for $1.6 million and $1.8 million. He also had a bill for $2.5 million in unpaid taxes in 2007.
'Dog the Bounty Hunter'(Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Last year, the New York Daily News revealed Duane "Dog" Chapman's bail bonds company was being sued by the state attorney general of Hawaii for $35,500. Da Kine Bail Bonds reportedly owes for forfeitures from 21 criminal cases. Chapman disputed the allegations, saying he caught most of the fugitives who jumped bail on his reality-TV show, making the forfeitures "null and void."
Willie Nelson(Credit: AP / Jason DeCrow)
In 1990, the IRS hit Willie Nelson with a bill for $16.7 million in unpaid back taxes, according to Forbes. Without the money to pay it back, Nelson had to hand over many of his possessions to stay out of prison. He recorded the album "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?" in order to raise funds and, in 1993, successfully paid back his debt.
Fat Joe(Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy)
In August 2013, TMZ reported that rapper Fat Joe turned himself in to serve a four-month sentence for tax evasion. He pleaded guilty in December 2012 after acquiring a $1 million tax bill due to tax evasion in 2007 and 2008. He didn't serve his entire sentence, being released on Thanksgiving Day, but paid a $15,000 fine and lived under supervision the following year.
Martha Stewart(Credit: Fadil Berisha)
According to a February 2000 Daily News report, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart owed $221,677 in back incomes taxes for the 1991 and 1992 tax years. Stewart argued that she "did not live in New York for more than half a year in 1992," and therefore shouldn't be subjected to state tax, according to the report.
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino(Credit: Getty Images / Jason Merritt)
"Jersey Shore" reality star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother Marc were named in a seven-count indictment on Sept. 24, 2014, by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors allege the brothers failed to pay all taxes owed on nearly $9 million earned from various business ventures over the previous four years.
Teresa and Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice(Credit: Getty Images)
Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" were indicted July 29, 2013, on 39 counts of federal fraud. The government also said that Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns for the years 2004 through 2008, when he is alleged to have earned nearly $1 million.
Lauryn Hill(Credit: Getty Images)
Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty in June 2012 to tax evasion, admitting she did not pay taxes on money earned by her four corporations: $818,000 in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. Hill, who faces prison time and will be sentenced April 22 in Newark court, says she "withdrew from society at large" at that time because of threats to her family.
Stephen Baldwin(Credit: Getty Images)
In March 2013, Stephen Baldwin pleaded guilty to a charge of repeated failure to file income taxes at Rockland County Courthouse in New City. Baldwin, raised in Massapequa and a contestant on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," was accused of failing to file income tax returns from 2008 to 2010 and faced up to four years in prison.
Lindsay Lohan(Credit: AP)
After the IRS froze her assets, Lindsay Lohan paid one of her two years of back taxes in December 2012, reportedly with the help of a $100,000 check from her "Scary Movie 5" co-star Charlie Sheen, left. She paid the $93,701.57 she owed for tax year 2009, and applied the remaining $3,600 to the $140,203.30 she owes for 2010, according to TMZ.
Michael Lohan(Credit: AP)
IRS officials in Suffolk County filed a lien against Michael Lohan, Lindsay's father, for $12,429 in delinquent taxes in January 2010. He reportedly told the Detroit News he was unable to pay because he was in prison when taxes were due, but had since filed an extension. No word on whether he has paid the debt.
Wesley Snipes(Credit: AP)
Wesley Snipes was released from a Pennsylvania prison on April 2, 2013 after serving more than two years of a three-year sentence for failure to file tax returns from 1994 to 2000. Snipes' tax debt amounted to $2.7 million, according to Forbes.com.
Nicolas Cage(Credit: AP)
Nicolas Cage shelled out $600,000 in November 2012 to help pay off his tax lien, but the actor still owes the IRS about $6 million. Earlier that year, Cage had paid $6.25 million in back taxes. The good news: This puts him about halfway through paying off the $14 million he told People magazine he owed the IRS in 2010.
Lil' Kim(Credit: Getty Images)
Court records obtained by TMZ in February 2012 indicate rapper Lil' Kim (real name Kimberly Denise Jones) owes back taxes from 2002 to 2009, totaling more than $1 million.
Shannen Doherty(Credit: AP)
Shannen Doherty of "Beverly Hills 90210" owes the government $332,324, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes.
Pamela Anderson(Credit: AP)
Pamela Anderson made California's annual list of the state's top 250 delinquent taxpayers in 2010, with a tab totaling $493,144.68. She called the situation "temporary but embarrassing" at the time. Worse, TMZ reports the "Baywatch" star was previously slapped with a lien for $1.7 million in 2009, and again for more than $370,000 in December 2012.
Dennis Rodman(Credit: AP)
Retired NBA player Dennis Rodman owes $165,818 in back taxes, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes.
Christina Ricci(Credit: Getty Images)
Christina Ricci was hit with a $180,000 tax lien in April 2010 for unpaid taxes on her 2008 earnings, The Huffington Post reports.
D.L. Hughley(Credit: AP)
D.L. Hughley's tax debt amounts to $1,083,297, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes. Maybe some of his income from the current season of "Dancing With the Stars" can help the stand-up comedian, who was voted off the show April 16, 2013.
Lionel Richie(Credit: AP)
In April 2012, Lionel Richie, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, was slapped with a lien by the IRS for $1.1 million in unpaid taxes, according to USA Today.
Vince Neil(Credit: AP)
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was $371,050 behind on his taxes, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.(Credit: AP)
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. owes $2,995,993 in unpaid taxes, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that looked at 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes. These tax liens came just a few months after he reportedly used a portion of the $25 million prize won from a single fight to pay off a $10.5 million lien in December 2012.
Method Man(Credit: AP)
Rapper Method Man (real name Clifford Smith) of Wu-Tang Clan pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to pay upwards of $32,000 in taxes from 2004 to 2007, Fox News reported in 2010.
Glen Campbell(Credit: AP)
Country singer Glen Campbell owes the IRS $113,844, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes.
John Rhys-Davies(Credit: AP)
"Lord of the Rings" actor John Rhys-Davies owes $1,021,539 in unpaid taxes, according to an April 2012 investigative report by USA Today that found 50 celebrities who owe at least $50,000 in back taxes.