Why pay taxes? These celebs don't.
Earlier this week, Pam Anderson became the latest celeb to add to the list of "people who should have enough dough to pay their taxes, yet don't." Apparently the former "Baywatch" babe isn't making enough scratch at her current "Dancing with the Stars" gig to make good on a $493,144 tax bill from the state of California.
As we celebrate/mourn today's tax deadline, Celebritology takes a look at the growing list of bold-faced names who have had trouble paying the tax man.
The "Kick-Ass" co-star blames a former business manager for his tax woes, but in January told People.com that he planned to sell off assets to pay the $14 million he owes to the Internal Revenue Service. Easier said than done. Earlier this month, Cage had no offers at an auction of his Bel-Air mansion ("The design was 'frat house bordello,'" said one real estate agent) and ownership reverted to his foreclosing lender.
According to a list released earlier this week by the state of California, the legendary singer and one-time doyenne of the "Psychic Friends Network" owes $2.18 million in unpaid taxes dating from the 1990s. Warwick's publicist issued a statement soon after the news broke saying payment is "already in motion."
Like we expect the Bandit to pay taxes. As if. Apparently the actor's California state debt of $225,000, noted on the same list as Warwick's offense, also dates from the '90s.
The actor-comedian and "Jingle All the Way" star reportedly owes $2.5 million in back income taxes to California.
The "Blade" actor (who will forever be a Cash Money Brother to me) was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 after he was convicted of failing to file three years worth of tax returns. Snipes's defense? At one time, he reportedly declared himself a "non-resident alien" exempt from tax law; he also says he received bad advice from advisers. These days, he takes a more conventional view of the IRS. As he told fellow Celebritologist Jen Chaney in a recent Post profile, "Taxes are -- look, if you owe, you should pay. And if you feel like you're owed, you should pay. Simple as that." Snipes remains free on bond while he awaits a decision on an appeal of the case.
In November 2009, the IRS filed a $33 million dollar tax lien against the "Girls Gone Wild" founder for alleged failure to pay three years of back taxes. And that came just two weeks after Francis had narrowly escaped jail time after admitting to filing false tax returns.
| April 15, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities | Tags: Burt Reynolds, Dionne Warwick, Joe Francis, Nicolas Cage, Pam Anderson, Sinbad, Wesley Snipes, celebrity justice
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