The Lindsay Lohan story never ends. To recap, 2012 started for her with two IRS liens. For 2009, she owed about $94,000 and for 2010, another $140,000. Next came a series of reports about bad behavior and financial irresponsibility.
Like so many celebrities, the rap star who calls himself Fat Joe got behind on his taxes. But unlike many famous tax deadbeats, he's willing to take responsibility for his own blunder instead of blaming his handlers or lashing out at authorities.
Gerard Depardieu's departure from France may have been premature. As December rolled to a close, the harsh "temporary supertax" that French President Francois Hollandee sought to impose on individuals he calls "the rich" was soundly rejected.
Pamela Anderson owes back taxes of about $370,000 related to 2011 income, Gary Busey’s tax debt is over $450,000, and Britney Spears owes more than $37,000 to the state of California. And then there’s O.J. Simpson. . . .
Just days ago, New York State tax authorities arrested actor Stephen Baldwin on felony tax evasion charges. Baldwin owes an estimated $350,000 in taxes and penalties, according to Rockland County DA Thomas Zugibe.
A new wife, a new baby on the way, a multimillion-dollar house in escrow, and reports of back tax bills totaling more than $2.6 million. That's how rapper/producer Swizz Beatz has made news as the year draws close to the end.
Every year California publishes a list of tax delinquents, many of whom are big names in Hollywood. This year is no exception, though some say the celebrity names come more from the B-list or farther down the alphabet.
Rapper Richard Morales entered a tax preparation office and exploded in a fit of rage. Surveillance cameras show him pulling a gun on an accountant seated behind a desk where there was no visible means of escape.
Beanie Sigel is serving time in prison for tax evasion. Why didn't he file returns and pay taxes? That's a question many people ask about celebrities and other artists, most of whom have much healthier incomes than the rest of us.
Not only is recording artist Prince in deep with the IRS, but his tax troubles now extend overseas as well. Prince was summoned by the IRS at the request of French authorities to appear before the French tax agency.
President Barack Obama is surrounded by advisers, official and unofficial. Everyone has an opinion. But it's doubtful he expected to be getting tax policy advice from "Mean Girl" actress, twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Lohan.
Chances are, even greatly higher taxes won't tarnish the halo that comes with a ten-year, $254 million contract to play for the Angels. No matter where he plays, with a salary like that, Albert Pujols will pay the highest rate.