Snoop Dogg, Spears: Potpourri of celebrities and their dealings with the tax man

Snoop Dogg is back ... with renewed tax troubles

Rapper Snoop Dogg, nee Calvin Broadus, is in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service again. On January 19, the IRS filed a lien with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds against Snoop Dogg and his wife, Shante.

The tax agency says the couple owes approximately $600,000. Less than a year ago, Snoop Dogg was reported to owe $284,053 to the State of California Franchise Tax Board. At that time, authorities slapped a tax lien on the celebrity's personal residence.

Judge in hairstylist's tax evasion case likes his "style"

Just a few weeks ago, a well-known hairstylist to the stars, Teddie Kossof of Glenview, Illinois, found himself in hot water with the IRS. A one-count criminal information document filed in a federal court in Chicago accused Kossof of skimming $760,856 from the daily receipts of his high-end hair salon and spa, Teddie's Hair Designers, Inc., over a three-year period.

Kossof agreed to plead guilty to filing a false tax return and was supposed to appear before a federal judge this week. But the judge to whom he was originally assigned has recused herself based on a conflict of interest. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall is a fan of Teddie's Hair Designers.

"I recuse myself from this case for the following reasons: Judge Kendall has been a customer of Teddie Kossof Salon for over 20 years and (knows) the defendant and his son," Kendall stated in court documents.

Instead, Kossof will appear next week before U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan.
 
Tax authorities want to talk to Britney Spears

Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline have been contacted by tax authorities. But in a refreshing bit of news, this famous couple is not in tax arrears.

The Louisiana State Department of Revenue reached out to Spears and Federline to inform them that they are due a refund of more than $50,000. TMZ.com reported that the money is either from a past income tax filing or from the sale of a property in Louisiana that the couple had jointly owned. TMZ.com suggested that the refund represents enough to pay for a one-day shopping spree for Spears.

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