You Owe Me: Music Stars in Tax Debt

Musicians who've bumped heads with the IRS.

Pay Up - It appears that Nas is a wanted man by the IRS and is being accused of skipping out on a nearly $280-thousand tax bill from the state of Georgia. According to the Jasmine Brand, Esco was hit with a lien by the state in 2009 for failing to pay taxes from 2006. According to docs filed in Georgia on April 3, the Department of Revenue re-filed the tax lien in their pursuit to get Mr. Jones to pay up. With today also being the deadline to file taxes, let's take a look at several music stars who've had tax problems over the years.  (Photo: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Hennessy)

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Pay Up - It appears that Nas is a wanted man by the IRS and is being accused of skipping out on a nearly $280-thousand tax bill from the state of Georgia. According to the Jasmine Brand, Esco was hit with a lien by the state in 2009 for failing to pay taxes from 2006. According to docs filed in Georgia on April 3, the Department of Revenue re-filed the tax lien in their pursuit to get Mr. Jones to pay up. With today also being the deadline to file taxes, let's take a look at several music stars who've had tax problems over the years.  (Photo: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Hennessy)

Flo-Rida - Mo' money, mo' bills. You are not the only one going through the tax drama right now. Even celebrities, who keep a team of people surrounding them to help with the paperwork, can get caught up when it comes to Uncle Sam. The IRS placed a $1.2 million tax lien on Flo Rida, for example, for money owed on taxes from 2009 to 2011. Good news is he cleared the debt. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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Flo-Rida - Mo' money, mo' bills. You are not the only one going through the tax drama right now. Even celebrities, who keep a team of people surrounding them to help with the paperwork, can get caught up when it comes to Uncle Sam. The IRS placed a $1.2 million tax lien on Flo Rida, for example, for money owed on taxes from 2009 to 2011. Good news is he cleared the debt. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

MC Hammer - MC Hammer is taking a different approach to resolving his tax issues. He filed recently to block the IRS from collecting the $1.4 million for penalties and interest on 1996 taxes that they say he owes. This, after he just paid $7 million in tax debt in 2007.(Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for TRANS4M)

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MC Hammer - MC Hammer is taking a different approach to resolving his tax issues. He filed recently to block the IRS from collecting the $1.4 million for penalties and interest on 1996 taxes that they say he owes. This, after he just paid $7 million in tax debt in 2007.(Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for TRANS4M)

Tyga - Tyga is in a similar predicament. According to TMZ, citing a federeal tax lien, the Cali native owes taxes for 2009, 2010 and 2011, amounting to a total of $91,648. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Tyga - Tyga is in a similar predicament. According to TMZ, citing a federeal tax lien, the Cali native owes taxes for 2009, 2010 and 2011, amounting to a total of $91,648. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Lil Wayne - Weezy was disappointed in himself for not earning any nominations at MTV’s VMAs or the BET Awards, and so he vowed to his fans he’d work harder in the future: "Noticed I wasn't nominated nor involved n da MTV VMA's nor da BET awards...I apologize to my fans and I promise 2 work harder if it kills me." (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Lil Wayne - A report surfaced that Lil Wayne is more than $12 million in debt to the IRS. The tax bill comes from two years' worth of missed filings, adding up to debts of approximately $5.8 million from 2011 and $6.3 million from 2012. That latter year, 2012, coincidentally, is when he just finished clearing up a $7 million tax debt from 2008.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Master P: April 29 - The No Limit boss turns 46. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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Master P - More than a decade after the bill was first due, the IRS is looking to Master P to pay more than $200,000 in taxes. Documents filed in California show the No Limit founder owes the state back taxes from 1999 and 2000.(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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Nas - In 2011, it was reported that Nas owed Uncle Sam back to the tune of $6.5 million, stemming from tax troubles that started in 2006. The government even planned to garnish wages from the Life Is Good/Black Rage tour he embarked on with Lauryn Hill.  (Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Swizz Beatz - Swizz Beatz may call himself the "One-Man-Band Man," but he really needs an accountant. Swizzy was hit with a lien by New York State for unpaid 2010 taxes to the tune of $98,246.18 and federal tax liens for a whopping $2.6 million.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

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Swizz Beatz - Swizz Beatz may call himself the "One-Man-Band Man," but he really needs an accountant. Swizzy was hit with a lien by New York State for unpaid 2010 taxes to the tune of $98,246.18 and federal tax liens for a whopping $2.6 million.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

R. Kelly - R. Kelly first met success as frontman for new-jack swing group Public Announcement before embarking on his own career with his stellar solo debut, 12 Play, in 1993.    (Photo: Donna Ward/Getty Images for Arise Made in Africa)

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R. Kelly - In 2012, Kellz was getting seriously liened on by the IRS. The feds claimed he owed over $6 million in back taxes stemming from 2005.(Photo: Donna Ward/Getty Images)

Flavor Flav ? House of Flavor - Flav has a lot more flavor left. The rapper-turned-reality star opened the House of Flavor, in Las Vegas. The takeout spot, which isn't affiliated with the fried chicken joint that opened under Flav's name in Iowa a few years ago, is decorated with memorabilia from throughout the PE hype-man's career.(Photo: Mark Sullivan/WireImage)

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Flavor Flav - 911 may be a joke, but taxes ain't. Flavor Flav, the former Public Enemy rapper turned reality star, owed over $900,000 in unpaid taxes from 2004 to 2006. (Photo:  Mark Sullivan/WireImage)

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Happy 39h Birthday, Lauryn! - One of our favorite female emcees, Lauryn Hill, turns 39 today and we decided to take a look back at her career highlights. From the Fugees to her most recent sold-out performance at Club Nokia in Los Angeles earlier this month, we celebrate the illustrious Ms. Hill. We're also saying a little prayer that she'll finally be releasing a new project this year since getting back in the studio and signing a new $1 million contract with Sony last year.(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The United Republic of Tanzania)

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Lauryn Hill - Ready or not ... Lauryn Hill served three months in prison for tax evasion after paying down her approximate $1.5 million debt for taxes from recording and film royalties earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Jan. 12, 2006: Beanie Convicted of Misdemeanor Assault  - Beans got probation after he was found guilty of having assaulted a 53-year-old man in Philly back in 2003. The altercation started after Beanie allegedly insulted a woman the man was with.  (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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Beanie Sigel - Beanie Sigel might not have felt this one in the air. The former Roc-A-Fella rapper was sentenced to two years' time for failing to pay over $728,000 in back taxes.(Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Bubba Sparxxx - Bubba Sparxxx was apparently spending too much time on new booty and not enough on old taxes. The former Timbaland prot?g? owed almost $30,000 in back taxes, according to TMZ.  (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Bubba Sparxxx - Bubba Sparxxx was apparently spending too much time on new booty and not enough on old taxes. The former Timbaland protégé owed almost $30,000 in back taxes, according to TMZ. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Ma$e - Uncle Sam pointed his finger directly at former Bad Boy artist Ma$e, calling him out for nearly $125,000 in unpaid taxes for the years 2000, 2001 and 2004. (Photo: G-Unit Records)

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Ma$e - Uncle Sam pointed his finger directly at former Bad Boy artist Ma$e, calling him out for nearly $125,000 in unpaid taxes for the years 2000, 2001 and 2004. (Photo: G-Unit Records)

Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie was knocked for more than a million dollars, $1,130,609.11 to be exact. Considering his current wealth, it doesn't seem like much, but it did leave his $200 million fortune vulnerable to the government if he didn't pay up.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie was knocked for more than a million dollars, $1,130,609.11 to be exact. Considering his current wealth, it doesn't seem like much, but it did leave his $200 million fortune vulnerable to the government if he didn't pay up.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Montell Jordan - Montell Jordan can be added to the list of stars who let the routine responsibility of paying their taxes somehow slip their mind. The '90s star is being asked to repay the government $627,987 owed for the years 1999 to 2001. A federal tax lien was filed against the "This is How We Do It" singer back in 2004 but Jordan has yet to repay, so the lien was refiled in March 2012. (Photo: Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

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Montell Jordan - Montell Jordan can be added to the list of stars who let the routine responsibility of paying their taxes somehow slip their mind. The '90s star is being asked to repay the government $627,987 owed for the years 1999 to 2001. A federal tax lien was filed against the "This is How We Do It" singer back in 2004 but Jordan has yet to repay, so the lien was refiled in March 2012. (Photo: Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Ruben Studdard - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard joined BET for the 5th Annual Celebration of Gospel, performing his hit "I Need An Angel."(Photo: Tom Donoghue/PictureGroup)

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Ruben Studdard - Former American Idol Ruben Studdard got a past due bill from the IRS declaring that he and his then-wife owed $180,000 in unpaid taxes from 2009.(Photo by Tom Donoghue/PictureGroup)

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton - Robin Thicke may need to dedicate a version of "Lost Without You" to his accountant. The soul singer and his movie-star wife Paula Patton owed the IRS $492,583.49 after failling to pay taxes in 2009 and 2010.(Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CHANEL)

Bow Wow  - In January 2012, it was revealed that Bow Wow neglected to pay 2008 and 2010 taxes. The news came just two months after a tax lien filed agsinst him by the feds in Florida was uncovered. In total, Bow owed over $126,000.(Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PictureGroup)

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Bow Wow - In January 2012, it was revealed that Bow Wow neglected to pay 2008 and 2010 taxes. The news came just two months after a tax lien filed agsinst him by the feds in Florida was uncovered. In total, Bow owed over $126,000.(Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PictureGroup)

Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) - TWEET: "Team blonde. ocean gang."Soulja Boy dyes his hair blonde ...again.  (Photo: Larry Marano/WireImage)

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Soulja Boy - Soulja Boy went from jets to debts after a rumor that he'd dropped big bucks on purchasing a private plane was followed with news that the State of California filed a $26,805 tax lien against him in March 2011.(Photo: Larry Marano/WireImage)

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Damon Dash - The hip hop mogul suffered a setback when he lost his duplex in celebrity-studded Tribeca (Jay-Z and Robert DeNiro were neighbors). But the new owner, who shelled out $5.5 million for the luxe digs, was the one left to deal with Dash's ex-wife Rachel Roy, who refused to vacate the property.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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Damon Dash - The IRS claimed that Dame's been dashing out on his taxes to the tune of $3 million in 2011. That wasn't the first time the former Roc-A-Fella CEO has had tax trouble, however. Back in November of 2007, the state of New York claimed he owed them $2 million. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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Jermaine Dupri - Authorities raided Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta home back in January of 2002 for owing over $2.5 million in unpaid taxes. Then, in 2008, the IRS filed a $3 million dollar lien against the hitmaker. But it wasn't so so bad for the producer-turned music mogul, who was able to address it all in 2009.(Photo: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup)

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Xzibit - Back in 2009, documents leaked showing that Xzibit owed more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes. Maybe he had pimped too many of his rides.(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Suge Knight - Among his many legal woes, Death Row founder Suge Knight also owed the IRS $6 million dollars in unpaid taxes and pleaded guilty on tax evasion charges on behalf of the label.(Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

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Method Man - The IRS brought the pain to Method Man when he was arrested for skipping out on tax payments from 2004 and 2007. How high was his bill? The Staten Island MC owed a reported $32,799.(Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

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Mystikal - In 2006, Mystikal was in danger of some serious tax problems, so he pleaded guilty to not paying $271,000 in federal taxes for 1998 and 1999. (Photo: Dario Cantatore/PictureGroup)

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Mystikal - In 2006, Mystikal was in danger of some serious tax problems, so he pleaded guilty to not paying $271,000 in federal taxes for 1998 and 1999. (Photo: Dario Cantatore/PictureGroup)

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Master P - Apparently, there is a limit. Authorities at one point ordered Master P to pay $2.3 million in unpaid corporate taxes from the revenue his record label grossed in its first year of existence.(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Foxy Brown - Add tax problems to the list of Ms. Marchand's drama. Missing payments from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, the Brooklyn MC owed the IRS a reported $641,558 by 2009.(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)