Oh Kells: R. Kelly Joins The Long List of Celebs Who Don’t Think They Have To Pay Taxes Like The Rest Of Us

June 14, 2012  |  

Common sense tells you you can’t just not pay your taxes and observation should tell you if you’re a celebrity, no matter how long you think Uncle Sam doesn’t know you owe him, he will eventually catch up to your black tale and make you pay.

R. Kelly is the latest IRS casualty and his tax demise has been seven years in the making, which is why he now owes the feds $4.8 million. Here’s the breakdown by year.

2005 – $1,472,366.77
2006 – $710,520.51
2007 – $376,180.11
2008 – $1,122,694.90
2009 – $173,815.18
2010 – $992,495.24

Now if you think back several months, R. Kelly was out here trying to get funding just to release another 800 chapters of “Trapped in the Closet,” which interestingly came out in 2005 when his tax issues started, so we know this man doesn’t have the money.

A rep for Kells told TMZ, “R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”

I hate to say it, but he might want to get a reality show like everyone else, including his ex-wife, just to settle this debt. Or, he should actually focus on coming out with a new album instead of reviving “Trapped in the Closet” seven years later. He could also try the Lauryn Hill approach, but as thoughtful as her tax evasion explanation was, I’m pretty sure the government is not hearing it. Poor Sylvester.

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