The Celebrity Tax Cheats Who Scammed the IRS and Didn’t Get Away With It

Aside from unique jobs, adoring fans, and fame and fortune, celebrities have one thing in common with most Americans: They dread tax season. No one likes paying taxes, including these famous Hollywood stars. Like most Americans, celebrities overcome their anxiety and file tax returns right on time. However, celebrities are just as prone to making the same tax return sins as everybody else.

These celebrity tax cheats scammed the IRS out of millions of dollars. We’ll meet one of Hollywood’s most successful leading men (page 7), an Oscar-winning director (page 10), and a singer you might have forgotten about (page 13).

15. Lauryn Hill

Musician Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

The former member of the hip-hop group The Fugees had IRS trouble stemming from income from 2005 to 2007. The singer didn’t pay taxes on $1.8 million she earned from four companies she owned. She eventually settled her $1 million tax bill, but she served prison time and had to pay a $60,000 fine.

Next: A rapper commits the worst tax sin.

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