Brooke Shields is the latest victim of the IRS tightening their reins on celebrities. Recently the IRS has filed a tax lien against Shields and her husband, Christopher Hench,y for unpaid IRS taxes from 2004 and 2005. This shows that the IRS is pretty slow in taking actions against individuals but lately they have been going on a rampage of cracking down on individuals that owe taxes, especially celebrities (check out list of 2009 Celebrities With Tax Problems).
The break down of what is owed:
For those that don’t know who Brooke Shields is, she is an actress and model that is known for her roles in Pretty Baby, The Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan, That 70’s Show, Hannah Montana and many others. She had many problems in 2005 which could have been the cause of her failure to report all income or pay her taxes properly. In 2005 Shields publicized her battle with postpartum depression with the recent child birth and the death of her father 3 weeks later.
Celebrities seem to be a huge target for the IRS lately. It is either the celebrities are having a harder time paying their taxes or it is just proof that the IRS is stepping up collection actions in order to collect more taxes. The IRS did hire more agents this year which is giving them the ability to catch more individuals than ever with tax problems.