Celebrities and their tax woes

These well-known entertainers and business people have had some serious run-ins with the IRS.

By MSN Money staff

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Apr 3, 2013 4:56PM
There a lot of ordinary  people that tax woes, I feel bad for them.  But these wealthy people, that live lavish life styles, why don't they pay like the rest of us do. have no sympathy for someone that owes in taxes more than I will make in my life time. PAY YOUR TAXES LIKE US COMMON FOLK! 
Apr 3, 2013 10:02AM
Dionne Warwick is a racist pig.  When George Michael won a Grammy for best sou/r&b performance in the 1980's, she had a fit and mouthed off that he shouldn't even have been nominated let alone won (he's not black).  What a bigot!!  Soul and rhythm & blues is a style of music, not a color!  She makes me sick, washed up old hag.  She has also taken out several bank loans & never repaid them.  Guess her cuz Whitney didn't think much of her otherwise she would have left her something when she croaked.  Yup.  Losers.
Apr 3, 2013 2:55PM
Sharon earned way more money than 1.7 million on America's got talent. Perhaps if they weren't so lavish and extreme with the pools and the homes they might actually be able to prioritize (like the rest of us) and pay their taxes. I don't have any sympathy for the Osborne's; even though I like them. I don't know how you can be in the business as long as they have been and not know that taxes are due. Duh.  
Apr 3, 2013 8:20PM
I have ZERO sympathy for celebrities with tax problems.....
These people are millionaires beyond our wildest imaginations and if these idiots cannot find any money to pay taxes than its there fault and no one else's....
Let them suffer like the rest of us peasants who have less than nothing and still have to struggle to pay taxes like all the other hard working folks that make up the rest of our country.....

Apr 3, 2013 7:29AM

Honestly who in the world would have the least bit of pitty for these money pigs !! to get all that money and to nothing of any good except to splurge on your selfish needs !!

Didn't warick also steal money from the Aids baby foundation??? I don't know if that was true or not But who cares !!!! Put her in a homeless shelter !! She can sing for food !!

Apr 3, 2013 3:05PM
Sharon was on Varney & Co. about a month ago and was asked how she feels about paying over 50% of her income to taxes. Her response was "I don't mind paying any amount to live in such a wonderful country". So why are they blurring out her face and all the others that voted for that obama. Are we suppose to feel sorry for them? or are we suppose to say "Good, their paying their fare share" but that is not true hollywood is one of the industries that get a BIG TAX BREAK. So like usual us middle class (a dying breed) will be making up the difference. Why don't they publish the people that DON'T pay any taxes for one reason or another.
Apr 3, 2013 7:17PM
These Stars make Millions of Dollars eat and Drink Free where ever they go.  Pay your way like us common folk.  I don't feel a bit sorry for them.  They think they are something Special.  Not as far as the IRS is anyway. 
Apr 3, 2013 7:52AM
Meanwhile, one could wonder when GE will end up having to pay their past tax bills...  I'm also still waiting for the day that Jon Corzine lands in hot water for his financial scandals he landed himself into at MF Financial, as well as the time he was NJ state governor.  Corzine's nonsense was far worse then anything Bernie Madoff had done, even...
Apr 3, 2013 5:28PM
What the??????   Why the guessing game?   Why not come out and expose these cheaters for what they are?  They can go out and buy the best of everything and live the lavish lifestyle but when it comes to paying their taxes - well, gee it's not their fault - they had a bad accountant or they were swindled by their financial people.  What a bunch of crap.  THEY DIDN'T PAY THEIR TAXES - PLAIN AND SIMPLE.  But then look at the example set by Washington - even our head money guy didn't pay his taxes and do you see him being punished?  Heck no, they all get off so why not these guys?   Seems like if you have a name and money you can do or cheat or whatever you want and get off scott free but try that if you're a little guy - you'll be in the slammer so soon it will knock your socks off!!!!!
Apr 3, 2013 11:56AM
And these celebrities, mostly liberals, tell the government to tax the rich!  Well these celebrities are the rich and they don't pay taxes.  I guess the rules only apply to Republicans.
Apr 3, 2013 6:18AM
Most of these so called star,are overpaid ,or just don't like to part with the money they get the best lawyer and wined up paying 40% of what they own.Harold Highs never paid any taxes to speak of,did not trust the Goverment,but he did a lot of good for the country*his Heart Hostial in Houston Texas,ECT,some have left the country,and were pardon for giving large contribration to candidate The IRS looks into the little man,they are east pray. Let get everyone to pay his fair share with a flat tax,cut out all the loopholes,And collect the money owed .Good day BYE
Apr 3, 2013 6:33PM
Bing really sucks! Why do blur out the picture so you have to keep clicking. Bing Sucks!

Apr 3, 2013 8:31PM
Isn't if funny how these big stars, rich folk are too cheap to hire someone to keep track of their money and make sure they make their estimated payments on time.
Apr 3, 2013 9:08AM

irs troubles are NOT always the fault of the individual. i am a single parent with a special needs child. i have always been the only parent for my child. when my child was 5, the irs levied my bank account multiple times for 122 THOUSAND DOLLARS. they said i didnt have a child and was false reporting i had one. the amount they leveid for was the five years my child had taken my 0 deductions to one deduction--plus penelthy, fines and interest. 122k is a ton of money. they wiped out from my bank account everything i had. the levy caused them to be able to seize every paycheck at the source of the employer, it allowed them to seize my home. even after all required proof of my biological child being my own child, they still contined to hit my bank account with new levies for the SAME ISSUE. my house fell into foreclosure, i almost lost my car, it was an absolute nightmare. i had to borrow money to hire an attorney and even after he worked with the IRS for a year on my case the IRS STILL WAS REPORTING ME AS SINGLE WITH NO DEPENDNTS. the irs is a massivly huge and disorganized instutution who may single out some for outrageous reasons while other obvious law breakers get by unnoticed. there is very little rhyme or reason to who they choose and once they fixate on you, you can satify all requirements with one department and their other departments in other cities will not have any of that and still continue to pursue you. this is what happened in my case. while some people do make big bucks and dont pay, many do--the irs just decides they want more. they have the right to go after people and they do. and noone ever questions the motives or intelligence of the IRS. they just assume if they are after you, you are guilty.

Apr 3, 2013 6:26PM

don't understand your not naming theses people, your presentation is childish..


Apr 3, 2013 10:16PM
If they're in Obama's circle then they are OK.  Wesley wasn't and it cost him.  Their fault or their accountants, doesn't matter, it is their fault.  They signed the tax return.
Apr 3, 2013 8:28PM
.I don't understand why the rich get away without paying. their  income tax.  Most of us pay by 4/15. Why can's they? It doesn't seem fair. They should be heavily penalized and then maybe they would pay what is owed.
Apr 3, 2013 12:36PM
Hey!  Why don't you fuzz out the faces so we have to do an extra click.  Mo clicks.....Mo Money.
Apr 3, 2013 3:11PM
The Osborne's,s have been in trouble for several years now.  Maybe they should decide
where they want to live and live at one household.  She blamed herself on the Talk last year
that she should have taken responsibility for their money mayhem
Instead she is the adorable Mrs. O. 
Apr 3, 2013 11:02AM

WARNING:    I myself,  took the advice in these books and got NAILED 'big time' back in the early 1980s.....So, unless you can afford an army of lawyers, and are prepared to go thru YEARS ( possibly DECADES ) of major stress....DON'T try this at home.....BUT......A couple of books worth reading for some FACTS about the IRS & their sordid history:  'How Anyone Can STOP Paying Income Taxes'.....and 'The Great Income Tax Hoax'  ( both by Irwin Schiff ) .   On a side note......EVERY year between December & April, we may rest assured that SOME 'high-profile' celebrity ( sports figure, actor, singer.....sometimes even a political figure ) WILL be 'trotted-out' before the rest of us 'common folk'.......to be made an example of by the IRS.     Clearly, they don't HAVE to publicize this stuff, and could ( and do ) go after them year-round.   But it helps to keep the rest of the 'sheep' in line.

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