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Rapper Fat Joe Sentenced on Tax Evasion Charges

Last December, Rapper Fat Joe – real name Joseph Cartagena – was convicted of tax evasion on nearly $3 million of income from 2007 and 2008. The tax shortfall with penalties comes to more than $1 million, plus a $200,000 fine.
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Soccer Star Lionel Messi: A Tax Mess or Example?

UPDATE: "El Periodico," a Spanish publication, reports that in spite of protesting the government's claims, Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have paid an enormous sum in additional back taxes and will not face tax charges.
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Sinbad's Mountain of Tax Debt: It Ain't So Funny

For comedian Sinbad, life hasn't been all that fun for the last several years. Right now he's in debt to the tune of nearly $11 million. Of this amount, more than $8 million is owed to the IRS and another $2.3 million to the state of California.
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Faith Evans' Tax Mess: More Blues than Rhythm

It sounds like small potatoes compared to other celebrities in tax trouble, but it's bad enough to pump up the blues for rhythm and blues singer Faith Evans. Evans is into the state of California for $29,535.48 relating to her 2011 income.
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Ryan Gosling Look-Alike Accountant Causes a Stir in Detroit

On June 4, scores of people in downtown Detroit posed for photographs with a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and sunglasses who they thought was Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling.
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Mary J. Blige Is Singing the Taxman Blues

She's a nine-time Grammy winner and a phenomenally successful R&B singer. But for reasons that aren't apparent, Mary J. Blige and her husband, Martin Isaacs, are buried in tax and financial troubles.
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Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen Tax Cases: Double Bogey for IRS

Athletic stars with big personalities and untarnished images can make far more by lending those images to major companies than they can by performing well at their chosen sports. But how is endorsement income taxed?
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Beyoncé's Father and Former Manager under Heavy Tax Debt

Matthew Knowles, music executive, television producer, father, and former manager of Beyoncé Knowles, is into the IRS for more than $1.2 million. The tax debt relates to income earned in 2010 and 2011, the same years he managed his daughter's career.
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Rapper Ja Rule's Tax Evasion Time Served, Mostly

Rapper Ja Rule spent the last nearly two years in prison at Ray Brook Correctional Facility in upstate New York on charges that included illegal gun possession and tax evasion. Now he'll finish his sentence on home confinement.
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California Keeps the Kings and Millions in Tax $$

UPDATE: The battle with Seattle is over. For twenty-seven months, a group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have pursued the Sacramento Kings, hoping to move them north to become the Seattle SuperSonics. But on May 15, the NBA Board of Governors voted down the sale.
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Tax Breaks for Film Producers Lure 'Star Wars' to United Kingdom

It was recently announced that Walt Disney Company–owned Lucasfilm Ltd. is planning to shoot and produce the next Star Wars movie in the United Kingdom. Chancellor George Osborne said the announcement is "clear evidence" the country's film tax incentives are working.
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2013 NFL Draft: Who's #1 . . . After Income Taxes?

Nobody wants to come in second instead of first. But depending on how the pieces of the tax puzzle fit together, second place could be a lot more profitable. Take a look at this recent scenario in which the number two draft choice netted well over a quarter million dollars more than the number one.
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Update: Lauryn Hill’s Tax Case Leads to Prison

Last month, Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill asked the judge in her tax evasion case for probation. Not because she is a celebrity but because she wanted to work in order to pay the taxes she admitted owing. Things didn't turn out exactly as Hill planned.
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Which Sports Team Is Less "Taxing" for Free Agents?

UPDATE: In a trade announced this week, Florida scooped up another NFL superstar. The New York Jets traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Bucs. After the trade, Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract, with no guaranteed money.
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Lauryn Hill May Avoid Prison for Tax Evasion

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was back in court April 22, presumably for sentencing in the tax evasion case against her. With three possible counts of tax fraud against her, she was facing a year in prison for each count.
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NBA Agent LaPoe Smith Jr. Indicted on Tax-Related Crimes

NBA agent LaPoe Smith Jr. of San Antonio is fighting one legal battle after another, though to some extent, the battles are connected. Smith has represented NBA stars that include Antoine Walker, Bo Outlaw, and Penny Hardaway as well as pro athletes from other sports.
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UPDATE - Tax Man to MLB: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!"

Smart tax professionals who are aware of existing reciprocity laws can save professional athletes a bundle in taxes they don't really owe. That's why players have to rely on their tax advisors to know where reciprocity laws exist . . . and get it right.
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Shakespeare Was a Talented and Artful Tax Dodger

When you hear the name William Shakespeare, you probably think of world-class writing laced with cunning humor and powerful drama. That's the Shakespeare of our collective memory. But is it accurate?
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Tax Protester Wesley Snipes Is Free at Last

Actor and tax protester Wesley Snipes is almost a free man again, at age fifty. He was released from prison April 2, transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office, and will remain on house arrest till July 19.
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Update: Stephen Baldwin's Tax Case Moves On

Just a few months ago in December, actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on charges of failure to pay state income tax in New York relating to income from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The tax debt, with interest and penalties, came to around $350,000.

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