This Top 10 list is not to ridicule nor pass judgment. This list is to point out the seriousness of taking care of your tax obligations. With April 15th (The deadline for filing taxes), just a few days away, I’m sure that many of you, if not most of you, have already completed and filed your tax returns. For those of you who haven’t filed your taxes, it’s imperative that you do so by Thursday of this week. If you’re not ready and need more time, simply call your tax preparer or H & R Block and have them file for an extension on your behalf. Keep in mind, as you check out the Top 10 list of Black Celebrity Tax Troubles, that if the IRS will go after celebrities, they will not hesitate to go after non-celebrities.
10. Evander Holyfield
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield owes the IRS $145,000.
9. Flavor Flav
Rapper & Reality TV Star, Flavor Flav owes the IRS $183,000.
8. Terry McMillan
Author (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), Terry McMillan owes the IRS $253,446.
7. Martha Reeves
Motown legend, singer Martha Reeves of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, owes the IRS $280,000.
6. Toni Braxton
Singer and actress Toni Braxton, and estranged husband, Keirston Lewis (singer in the group, Mint Condition), owe the IRS $396, 000.
5. Redd Foxx
Late great comedian, Redd Foxx, of Sanford and Son fame, had his assets seized and auctioned off by the IRS in 1989. At the time of his death in 1991, Foxx owed the IRS $755,000.
4. BeBe Winans
Gospel recording artist, BeBe Winans owes the IRS $1, 200,000.
3. Dionne Warwick
Legendary singer, Dionne Warwick owes the IRS $2, 200, 000.
Comedian/actor Sinbad, owes the IRS $8,120,000.
1. Wesley Snipes
On April 24, 2008, actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for willful failure to file federal income tax returns. Currently, Snipes remains free on bail while he appeals his conviction. Snipes owes the IRS $13,000,000.