10 Celebs Who've Had Big Time Tax Troubles
The latest: Mary J. Blige
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 12:45 PM CST
This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows singer Mary J. Blige performing during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

(Newser) – Just because you're rich and famous doesn't mean you always bother to pay your tax bill. HLN lists 10 celebrities who've gotten in serious money trouble with Uncle Sam:

  • New Jersey just hit Mary J. Blige with a tax lien of more than $900,000. She was also recently sued for defaulting on a $500,000 loan.
  • Stephen Baldwin actually went to jail for not filing a personal income tax return from 2008 to 2010. He's currently working on a plea deal for the $350,000 he reportedly owes.

  • Nicolas Cage is perhaps one of those best-known for having tax troubles, but he reportedly paid $6.25 million toward the massive bill recently.
  • After he died, much of Sammy Davis Jr.'s memorabilia was sold at auction to help settle his $5.2 million tax bill.
  • After news broke that he owes almost $12 million in taxes, Chris Tucker joked at one of his shows, "That's the last time I let Wesley Snipes help me out with my taxes."
Click for the complete list, including an actor whose case almost made it to the Supreme Court.

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Jul 9, 2013 4:40 AM CDT
For some reason 3 out of 5 of these people are black. Just a note
Feb 24, 2013 4:51 PM CST
Or as the late Leona Helmsley famously said 'Only little people pay taxes'. She spent a few years in jail for tax evasion too. Seems the jury was made up of 'little people' to took offense at her statement.
Feb 24, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Shortly after Wesley Snipes got his ass thrown in jail for tax evasion, this came out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LQMRFN9I5k