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How a Man Lost His Home Over a $134 Tax Bill

'Washington Post' investigates world of 'unscrupulous' tax-lien investors

(Newser) - If the math seems unbelievable, that's because it kind of is: A 76-year-old retired Marine lost the $197,000 Washington, DC, home he had paid for in full 20 years ago—and all of the equity he had in it—because of an unpaid $134 property tax bill. In... More »

10 Celebs Who've Had Big Time Tax Troubles

The latest: Mary J. Blige

(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
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Georgia, Cain Battled Over Unpaid Tax Bill

He didn't pay '06 income tax until late '08

(Newser) - Herman Cain's only tax-related beef isn't with the federal tax code: The GOP frontrunner was involved in a brouhaha with Georgia over his 2006 state income taxes that lasted until late 2008, according to documents obtained by the Daily Beast . To be fair, Cain was undergoing treatment for... More »

How You Can Lose Your Paid-Off Home

Localities sell your unpaid bills to investors who foreclose

(Newser) - Vicki Valentine's father paid off the mortgage on their home a quarter-century ago, but she's been foreclosed on and evicted anyway, thanks to a $362 unpaid water bill. Valentine's one of a growing number falling prey to “tax sales,” the Huffington Post reports. Basically, the city sold Valentine's... More »

Blago Gave Burris' Son Job

Facing foreclosure, Burris II gets housing gig; 'reeks of hypocrisy,' state rep charges

(Newser) - Sen. Roland Burris’ son, Roland W. Burris II, got a job with the Illinois housing authority last year, weeks after the IRS imposed a tax lien and his home entered foreclosure, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The appointment came as his father lobbied for Barack Obama’s Senate seat, and Gov.... More »

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