IRS Taking Every Penny From Nas’ Album Sales Until Huge Debt is Paid

March 26, 2012  |  

From now on Nas will have to make music just for the fun of it because he won’t see a dime of his album sales until his debt is paid to the IRS. The rapper’s delinquent tax filings have caused the government to begin garnishing his wages until his tax debt—to the tune of $6 million—is paid off.

Uncle Sam filed court documents in the state of Georgia to have music publishing organizations BMI and ASCAP send royalties earned on any of Nas’ albums directly to the government rather than the rapper’s bank account. Considering people don’t buy music the way they used to, it’s going to be a long time before Nas sees another paycheck—from his albums anyway.

SMH. What is up with celebrities thinking they don’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Theflygemini

    Who’s greedier than the govt!?

  • 1soReal

    You typically never get 100% of your wages garnished. There is a percentage limit on how much per pay period that can be garnished. So it sounds a little off for the IRS to take every cent of $ made from album sales. Unless maybe the album sales is the portion to the IRS and he keeps the money from doing shows etc..which now a ways is more lucrative than album sales. Nas probably made most of his money from touring anyway, ppl dont buy albums like they used to but they show up to any event featuring Nas. Hes might be getting ghost writing money too. At least back in the day anyway. I know he did major writing for Will Smith albums, dunno if hes still writing for ppl.Song writing is very profitable.

  • Mafioso

    He spoke the truth about government corruption and issues with Fox news now they are garnishing his wages suspicious activities for the same guy they tried to make pay $50,000 a month child support to his ex not to long ago???Huh???

  • MixedUpInVegas

    Anybody who has a $6 million tax bill obviously made more than that.  Enough to hire an accountant to handle this for him, ya think?

  • Clearlycrystalt2003

    I’m curious, after royalties, recouping advances, etc,etc has Nas actually seen or spent 6 million dollars of his own money? Has Nas ever truly been a millionaire? Just wondering!

    • Has nas truly had $1,000,000 to his name? Oh Lord, what is your brain for? Tell me your joking, please. Let me guess, you’re a 100% media junkie, you fly with all/most of their stories, with little to no doubt……say you don’t question what the media tells you, 10 platinum and a gold album should be the answer to your question air skull.

  • Chanda

    Wow, $6 million. Wonder how many more albums he’ll have to sell to pay that up.

  • Sophie

    dang… i feel bad for my boo 🙁

  • Ebonydiva82

    Greed is what makes them think that they are above the government. Welcome back to reality, Nas!

  • RedButterfly81

    Moral of story: PAY YOUR TAXES!!!