Ruben Studdard is at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers where the Congress of Racial Equality held its 20th annual CORE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ambassadorial Awards Dinner. He performed at the event.
Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, stands for a portrait in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 2, 2010. Geithner said today's March employment report shows the U.S. economy is "getting stronger." He also said business investment is expanding and exports are "coming back." Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Timothy Geithner
NEW YORK - JANUARY 20: Musician Marc Anthony attends Scott Barnes' "About Face" book launch party at Provocateur at The Hotel Gansevoort on January 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images) Original Filename: GYI0059343283.jpg
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Boris Becker was a bit backhanded in how he handled his taxes. The tennis star said he was living in Monte Carlo, while in fact living in Germany, to avoid German taxes. But this didn't work out quite as Becker had planned, and he was convicted of tax evasion and fined $500,000 in 2002, WalletPop.com reports.
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Heidi Fleiss arrives for a charity screening of the film 'Aileen: Life and Death of Serial Killer' to benefit Amnesty International January 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Heidi Fleiss Original Filename: 2844962CA030_serial(2).jpg
Councilman Marion Barry, former mayor of DC, speak at a news conference about his recent arrest in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Stephen J Boitano) Original Filename: MARION_BARRY_DCSB101.jpg
The State of California claims songstress Dionne Warwick owes it $2.1 million in back taxes (down from $2.7 million in 2007), according to TheInsider.com. A spokesman for Warwick said she is "cooperating" and plans to pay these taxes back are "already in motion."
With all of O.J. Simpson's troubles, it's easy to forget that the former football player can add the IRS to his list of issues. In 2008, the State of California named him as one of its delinquent tax papers. Total bill: $1.4 million.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Robert Downey Jnr attends the World Premiere of Sherlock Holmes at Empire Leicester Square on December 14, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Original Filename: GYI0059147598.jpg
"Blade" star Wesley Snipes got a sharp punishment for failing to file his tax returns: a three year prison sentence. At his 2007 trial, the actor defended his actions by saying the IRS’ own code meant income wasn’t taxable and that the agency had no legal authority because it’s not a proper government entity, the Associated Press reports.
Sexy film siren Sophia Loren got the Italian authorities all steamed up after she failed to pay her taxes. She spent 18 days in an Italian prison.
Whoa, Sinbad! Your tax situation is no laughing matter! The Franchise Tax Board of California released a list of back tax scofflaws and the comedian was near the top, owing more than $25 million in back taxes, Walletpop.com reports.
American mobster Al Capone got his hands quite dirty with illegal activities. Among them, tax evasion. The gangster was sentenced to 11 years in prison and hit with a $80,000 fine after failing to pay his taxes for four years, the Huffington Post reports. Capone joked about how the government would have a tough time prosecuting him because "the government can't collect legal taxes on illegal money."
LOS ANGELES - MAY 16: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor Burt Reynolds attends the 4th Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards at Paramount Pictures May 16, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Original Filename: 50846349.jpg
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Former New York Met and Yankee star Daryl Strawberry struck out with the IRS in 1995. A court ordered the baseball player and his agent Eric Goldschmidt to pay $350,000 in back taxes after the duo failed to report income from card and autograph shows, ESPN reports.
NEW YORK - APRIL 18: (FILE) Martha Stewart attends a press conference to announce an exclusive four-year agreement to create and launch a Martha Stewart-branded satellite radio channel today, April 18, 2005 in New York City. According to reports on August 7, 2006, Stewart has settled with the Securities And Exchange Commission on her charges of civil insider trading and will have to pay approximately $195,000 and will not be able to serve as director of a public company for five years. (Photo by David Turnley/Getty Images) Original Filename: 56005573ALS003_Martha.jpg
It's time for a game of Survivor (Tax Edition). The loser of this one: Richard Hatch. He won $1 million on CBS' "Survivor" in 2000, but when it came time to pay taxes on that money, he didn't do it. In 2006, he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 51 months in prison, according to the Huffington Post.
1981: FILE PHOTO In this handout photo, American comedian Richard Pryor, a veteran of both stand-up and film comedy. Pryor died at the age of 65 on December 10, 2005. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Original Filename: 5464654MH104_pryor.jpg
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 12: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives at Sublime restaurant where PETA hosted her 40th birthday on June 12, 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images) Original Filename: 74582427.jpg
Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco, loved his art. Beautiful paintings filled his posh Fifth Avenue apartment in Manhattan. From 2001 - 2002, Kozlowski purchased $13 million in painting. The problem? He didn't pay taxes on the paintings - and was indicted on tax evasion in June 2002.
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 03: Actor Nicolas Cage attends "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" panel at the 2010 WonderCon - Day 2 at Moscone Center South on April 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Albert Chau/FilmMagic) Original Filename: 98237570.jpg