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Income Tax Deadbeats of the Rich and Famous

Are you like me and enjoy hearing stories of the income tax problems of the Rich & Famous?  My enjoyment comes from knowing no matter who you are or how much you make; a celebrity still has to pay their income taxes just like the rest of us.

According to, the following celebrities had recent tax problems-Paul Hogan, Wesley Snipes, Young Buck, Naomi Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Khloe Kardashian, Chris Tucker, John Kerry, Lil Wayne, Sean Connery and Swizz Beatz.

The IRS does not see it fit to list tax deadbeats at, but that hasn’t stopped the State of California from doing so. California lists the Top 250 Delinquent Taxpayers. They claim to do so publicly because as of late 2010, the amount owed by the Top 250 is over $163,000,000.  They state that getting this enormous amount paid is in the best interest of all Californians and ask the public if they have any information that can lead to the collection of this amount from the delinquent taxpayers on the list.  The top name on this list as of September 2010 was CNet founder Halsey Minor and his wife Sharon, who together owe over $13 million.  The celebrities on this list include actress Pamela Anderson who owes over $493,000, and singer Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, who owes over $303,000.  I checked the list for the other 247 names to make sure none of my so-called rich relatives in California were on it.

Income tax deadbeats come in all shapes and all sizes, but for some reason, when it happens to a celebrity, we feel some sense of enjoyment.

Steven B Schwartz CPA


  1. George Hilbert says:

    What’s really funny, in a most unfunny way, is that the govt doesn’t really “need” your tax payment. One scheme that I can think of is the IRS could order $100s, $20s, etc., up to the amount of your tax bill, to be printed by the Treasury Dept. and you be sent the bill for the printing. That way, they’d get their money, all fresh and new and you’d get to keep most of your tax money. But, what they really want is to keep you from spending that tax amount because you and everyone else would be driving prices up even faster than the govt is doing with taxing you. The income tax is actually an anti-price-inflation mechanism.