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13 Artists You Didn't Know Were Charged With Tax Evasion

These 13 tax evaders further prove Uncle Sam doesn't make any exceptions come Tax Day

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Ozzy Osbourne

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Musician Ozzy Osbourne speaks at the "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" Press Conference during the 2011 Tri
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In 2011, the Black Sabbath singer, and his wife Sharon, were hit with $1.7 million in tax debts from 2008 and 2009. Ozzy and Sharon paid off the sum a week after learning about it and owned up to their mistake. 

"You have to be on top of your own business affairs," Mama Osbourne tweeted. "You can't rely on anyone but yourself. My fault...lesson learned."

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Lil Wayne

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Recording artist Lil Wayne speaks onstage at "Lil' Wayne Interviewed by Rap Radar founder Elliott Wils
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With so many digits you'll have to squint to get the full number, Lil Wayne was hit with a tax bill of $12,155,084.46 in March 2014. It's not the first time the "Lollipop" MC dealt with the taxman: In 2012, he paid off the IRS with a check for $7.7 million to clear a similar charge for past unpaid taxes. 

And for those counting: Both sums are more than most of us will ever make in our lives.

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Mary J. Blige

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Gra
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In 2014, Mary J Blige was hit with a $901,769.65 tax lien. She blamed the issues on the team she hired, but also took ownership for not being vigilant enough.

"It was a disaster," she told NBC. "And a lot of it came from not paying attention; a lot of it came from just trusting the wrong people. And it was a wakeup call, it was a huge humongous wakeup call for me to say 'Look, you don’t need any of these people around and I’m going to make sure that you see how fast they run when this happens.' And it was just the biggest wakeup call ever."

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Aaron Carter

MIAMI, FL - MAY 18: Aaron Carter poses for a portrait at Magic City Casino on May 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry
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"Aaron, oh, Aaron! What are going to do?"

In 2009, the former teenybopper was slapped with an IRS lien worth more than $1 million. They date back to 2003, leading Carter's current manager to make the statement, "It is unfortunate that while Aaron was a minor, his finances were grossly mismanaged by his previous team." Child stars...they just can't catch a break, can they?

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R. Kelly

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Singer R. Kelly performs at SiriusXM's 'Artist Confidential' on The Heat and Heart & Soul at Siri
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In mid-2012, the controversial R&B singer was said to have owed $4.8 million in back taxes dating back to 2005. His reps has said Kellz is working with the government on a way to pay them back.

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Lil Kim

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Rapper Lil' Kim attends The Box And Paper Magazine Presents Coleman's Single Release Party at Th
Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

The iconic MC owed nearly $1 million in back taxes in 2005. In 2012, documents surfaced showing Lil Kim owed money every year on her taxes from 2002 through 2009. 

But what's even more shocking than her consistent tax evasion? Before her rise to fame, Kimmy used to work for tax preparers at H&R Block. True story.

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Fat Joe

ROSEMONT, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Rapper Fat Joe, performs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois in NOVEMBER 16, 2012.  (Phot
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After failing to pay taxes on $700,000 of income for 2007 and 2008, the "Lean Back" rapper was sentenced to four months in prison and hit with a $15,000 fine for failure to pay taxes. 

"I did everything I possibly can to correct the situation," Fat Joe told Fuse News, citing issues with a new accountant. "It could always be worse."

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Flavor Flav

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 31: Flavor Flav performs during the 2013 Budweiser Made In America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Pa
Mychal Watts/Getty Images

In 2012, reports surfaced that the rapper/reality star owed the IRS $906,250.56 in back tax payments from 2004 and 2005. Then, in 2006, Flav was hit with a tax lien for $183,000. Seems like a good time to take those bedazzled clocks to the pawn shop, eh?

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Willie Nelson

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Willie Nelson attends the 11th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos
David Buchan/Getty Images

In 1990, the IRS notified country legend Willie Nelson he owed close to $17 million in tax debt. To assist with the payments, the singer signed over the profits to his not-so-subtly-titled 1992 album, The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? to the IRS. 

The album generated nearly $3.6 million and he later paid off the full balance.

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Flo Rida

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While snagging a slew of multiplatinum-selling singles, the Florida MC saw multiple tax hits piling up. Flo Rida has faced tax liens on his earnings from 2012 (with a lien of $681,411.81), 2011 ($844,093), 2010 ($10,245.41) and 2009 ($343,317.03).

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Nas visits 106 & Park at BET Studios on November 18, 2013 in New York City.  (Ph
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Since 2009, Uncle Sam has claimed the Illmatic rapper owes more than three million in back taxes

When reports of an outstanding six million tax bill surfaced in early 2013, TheUrbanDaily.com asked the MC if he wished he'd been more business-minded. "No, I don't have any regrets," Nas said. "Your mistakes, when you go back to look at them, are just moments of being human...I love those points when I didn't do well because that meant I was just a human."

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Marc Anthony

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Marc Anthony attends the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Novem
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Marc Anthony is another famous repeat offender here. After the Latin singer paid $2.5 million in back taxes to get out of the red in 2007, he was forced to unload another $3.4 million to the IRS just three years later. The hefty sum was linked to unpaid taxes on his Long Island mansion. 

Luckily, he got it all figured out

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Lionel Richie

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: Lionel Richie performs on the Great Oak Stage on day 6 of British Summer Time Hyde Park pre
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Despite millions of records of sold, the music legend faced a $1.1 million debt to the Feds in April 2012 thanks to unpaid taxes from 2010.

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