100 Celebrities With Back Tax Problems in 2009

January 4th, 2010 by Filed under: Celebrities, Entertainment

2009 was an eventful year for many taxpayers including celebrities. Below is a list of well known people that have had back tax problems whether Local, State, or Federally related for 2009. The list is ordered from the least amount of taxes owed to the most. (Looking for recent updates? Check out the top 100 Celebrity Tax Problems in 2010,  top 50 Celebrity Tax Problem stories in 2011 & top 60 Celebrity Tax Problems in 2012)

100) Anna Kournikova Amount Owed: $6,000
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Retired, international tennis star, Russian born Anna Kournikova began competing at the tender age of 8. Today she remains active in tennis related enterprises and pursues philanthropic activities. With her owing less than any other celebrity, it is likely this was just an over site. Her problem was cleared fairly quickly.
99) Sean Combs Restaurant Amount Owed: $7,000
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Better known as P.Diddy or Puff Daddy, is one of the richest hip-hop artists with his net value estimated at $346 million in 2006. He also owns various businesses, some which are restaurants. When it was known one restaurant owed taxes this was cleared up very quickly and P. Diddy commented quickly that the check was in the mail.
98) Neil Diamond Company Amount Owed: $7,000
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, singer-song writer Niel Diamond has been making hits since the 1960’s. While record sales may have declined since the 1980’s he remains one of the most successful adult contemporary artists and still actively tours.
97) Lea Thompson Amount Owed: $9,000
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A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Lea Thompson is more than just Marty McFly’s mother. She has also performed in many made for TV movies and won a People’s Choice Award for favorite female performer for her work in NBC’s sitcom Caroline in the City in 1996.
96) Patti LuPone Amount Owed: $10,000
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Patti LuPone, is a Tony Award Winning actress who has not only appeared on Broadway, but has also appeared frequently on the big and small screens. She was one of the first to graduate from Juilliard’s Drama Division.
95) Ron Kirk Amount Owed: $10,000
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This Austin, Texas born graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, was the mayor of Dallas, Texas from 1995 to 2002 and now serves in the Obama Administration as the 16th United States Trade Representative.
94) Kelis Amount Owed: $10,500
Kelis Jones the American singer/songwriter, best known for her R&B, hip hop songs “Milkshake” and “Bossy“. Kelis taxes owed are insignificant to what her ex-husband owes. Nas, her ex-husband is #10 on this list and owes Kelis more than enough to cover her back taxes.
93) Rachael Harris Amount Owed: $19,800
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Actress, Rachel Harris has had recurring roles in TV shows such as Disney’s Sister, Sister and Showtimes’ Fat Actress. In addition to her TV roles, she has also appeared in many films including 2009’s The Hangover.
92) Ace Frehley Amount Owed: $21,000
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Original member and lead guitarist for the Kiss, Ace Frehley was one of the most popular guitarist of the 1970’s. In addition to his stint with Kiss, Ace Frehley has enjoyed a solo career.
91) Steve Austin Amount Owed: $22,000
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Stone Cold” Steve Austin best known for his professional wrestling career is now acting on TV and in films. He gained popularity with the World Wrestling Foundation, but also wrestled with World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
90) Dr. Conrad Murray Amount Owed: $22,000
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Perhaps best known as MIchael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, practiced medicine in Texas, California and Nevada.

89) Michael Phelps Amount Owed: $23,000
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American swimmer, Michael Phelps has won 14 Olympic gold medals and has broken 37 world records by August 2009. It is estimated that Phelps has earned nearly $5 million a year in endorsements. Michael’s back taxes owed seems to be pennies compared to his estimated net worth of $50 million. Taxes are owed from his 2005 and 2006 tax returns.
88) Livan Hernandez Amount Owed: $30,000
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Livan Hernandez, a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball, has played for the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies. Batting and throwing right-handed, he is known as a defensive pitcher and often uses a slow hook as a strike out pitch.
87) Method Man Amount Owed: $33,000
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American hip-hop artist Clifford Smith is one half of the rap-duo Method Man & Redman. He has appeared in some films and has had recurring roles on HBO’s The Wire. Method Man claimed that his constant use of marijuana is the cause of his back taxes. The IRS issued a tax levy against Method Man and seized some assets to cover his tax liability.
86) Timothy Geithner Amount Owed: $34,000
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Geithner is the 75th and current US Secretary of the Treasury. He previously held the position as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Geithner failed to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for many years while working for the International Monetary Fund.
85) Uncle Kracker Amount Owed: $37,000
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From rap to rock to country, this Michigan born former band mate of Kid Rock has released 4 solo albums. Best known hits such as “Follow Me” & “Smile”.
84) Anna Nicole Smith Amount Owed: $43,000
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Anna Nicole Smith became popular with her appearance in Playboy in 1993. She was a model, actress, tv personality and sex symbol. Married twice, Ms. Smith died from an overdose when she was just 39. Even in death Anna cannot get away from her tax problems. The California Franchise Tax Board served Howard K. Stern with the tax amount owed.
83) Dave Coulier Amount Owed: $49,000
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Dave Coulier, Joey Gladstone in the ABC sitcom Full House, got his start in high school doing impersonations of the principal over the school’s PA. He is a noted voice actor, impressionist, television actor and host.
82) Sylvia Moy Amount Owed: $50,000
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Sylvia Moy is an acclaimed songwriter and producer. She is the first female to have written and produced for Motown acts and she continues working to this day at her Detroit, Michigan studio.
81) David Alan Grier Amount Owed: $50,000
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David Alan Grier is well known for his contributions to In Living Color. An actor and comedian, Grier has worked on Broadway and in Films. He has been nominated for a Tony and won the Theatre World Award for The First.
80) Debi Mazar Amount Owed: $54,000
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From hip-hop b-girl and appearances as a dancer in Madonna videos, Debi Mazar makes her home both in L.A. and in Italy. She has appeared in many television roles and films and is well known for her sassy Jersey-Girl type portrayals.
79) Big Boi Amount Owed: $55,000
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Rapper and one half of the alternative hip-hop duo Outkast, Big Boi, is also a record producer, songwriter and actor.
78) Michael Skupin Amount Owed: $59,000
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Michael was one of the stand outs in the second season of Survivor which took place in the Australian Outback. Michael claims the taxes owed stemmed from his office burning and then his storage unit he moved to being flooded. He claims the IRS owes him money and he doesn’t owe them anything
77) Cathy Lee Crosby Amount Owed: $60,000
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Actress and television host Cathy Lee Crosby gained fame in the 70’s. She was also romantically involved with former quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann.
76) Keke Palmer Amount Owed: $60,000
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Keke Palmer is a teen actress and singer and currently stars in Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson VP. Ms. Palmer’s newest cd will be out in the spring of 2010.
75) Darren McCarty Amount Owed: $62,000
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Darren McCarty is famous for being a star for the Detroit Redwings and know for his fighting abilities and great scoring abilities. Him and his team won 4 Stanley cups in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008. Darren has a tough financial situation and the lien and back taxes owed seem to be the least of his worries with his two divorces and child support payments.
74) David Brenner Amount Owed: $68,000
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David Brenner is a well known comedian. He is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show and was also ranked #53 of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All time by Comedy Central. Brenner went through bankruptcy in 2004 but it didn’t dismiss his back taxes. Brenner is currently paying off the taxes he owes through an IRS payment plan.
73) Gisele Bundchen Amount Owed: $72,000
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According to Forbes, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen is the highest-paid model in the world. Her fortune is estimated at $150 million. She is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and recently gave birth to her first child Benjamin.
72) Sally Kellerman Amount Owed: $75,000
Most known as Hotlips Houlihan from the movie Mash, Sally Kellerman has hundreds of television and film credits to her name. After 30 plus years in the business, her recognizable sultry and smokey voice is currently used in Milky Way ads.
71) Chris Chelios Amount Owed: $78,000
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Chris Chelios is a professional hockey player and currently plays for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He is best known for playing in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings. It was claimed that the back taxes were cause by an “accounting glitch” and said the bill would be paid immediately.
70) Arnold Schwarzenegger Amount Owed: $79,000
Former body builder and Mr. Universe, the Austrian born Schwarzenegger gained fame as an actor in his roles in Conan the Barbarian and the Terminator. Now the 38th Governor of California, he is married to Maria Schriver. Arnold’s tax problem was cleared fairly quickly and was said to have been a result of a “minor paperwork tracking discrepancy.”
69) Toni Braxton Amount Owed: $79,000
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Toni Braxton is an R&B singer and songwriter. She is best know for hits such as Un-Break My Heart and Breathe Again. She was recently in the 7th season of dancing with the stars and voted off in the 5th round. She has a history of financial problems, including filing for bankruptcy.
68) Jerry Koosman Amount Owed: $80,000
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Jerry Koosman was a left-handed starting pitcher in major league baseball. Between 1967 and 1985 he played for the Twins, the White Sox, and the Phillies, but he is most known for his time with the New York Mets. He was known as the number 2 starter when the Miracle Mets won the World Series in 1969. Koosman pleaded guilty to IRS tax evasion charges and was sentenced to a year in prison.
67) Zsa Zsa Gabor Amount Owed: $118,000
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Hungarian born actress and socialite, Zsa Zsa Gabor, has many film and television credits to her name. She has had 9 husbands and is most recently remembered for slapping a police officer when she was stopped for a traffic violation. Zsa Zsa is having a rough year financially, it is reported she lost up to $10,000,000 to Bernie Madoff.
66) Jani Lane Amount Owed: $121,000
Jani Lane is best known as lead vocalist with the glam-metal band Warrant. While with Warrant Lane penned six top 40 hits. In addition to being a singer-songwriter, Lane is a musician playing the piano, guitar and drums.
65) Blake Lewis Amount Owed: $125,000
Blake Lewis is a singer-songwriter and beatboxer who competed on the 6th season of American Idol. His debut album landed #10 on the Billboard 200. A lien was filed against Blake. Since then the lien has been released, which means he has paid the taxes he owed.
64) Alex English Amount Owed: $127,000
After playing as a forward in the NBA, Alex English has gone on to coach with the Toronto Raptors. English was named to 7 All Star teams and during his career he averaged 21.5 points per game. While with the Denver Nuggets he led them to 9 consecutive playoffs. Denver retired his #2 jersey and he has been admitted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
63) Tom Daschle Amount Owed: $140,000
Tom Daschle is the former Senate Majority Leader and former Senator from South Dakota. After being defeated in his bid for reelection in 2004, Daschle became a policy advisor with a lobbying firm. Daschle has written a book promoting universal heath care. He was President Obama’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services but he withdrew his nomination after concerns over his failure to inaccurately report and pay his taxes. Daschle failed to report payments to cover a luxury car and driver provided to him by a luxury investment firm. He claims he didn’t think to report this on his taxes. He paid the $140,000 he owed.
62) Otis Williams Amount Owed: $176,000
Tenor Otis Williams was the co-founder of the Motown group The Temptations. With a career spanning 5 decades, the Temptations was one of the most successful black vocal groups. Williams is the last surviving original member of the group.
61) Robert Patrick Amount Owed: $176,000
The film Terminator 2: Judgment Day put Robert Patrick on the map. He was nominated for the 1992 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor and the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. Some of his most memorable television roles include John Dogget in the X-Files, (he replaced Mulder) and as Brigadier General Tom Ryan in the Unit. Robert made a quick pledge to pay his back taxes after finding out about them.
60) Todd Rundgren Amount Owed: $176,000
Todd is an American musician. He first gained recognition with the songs “Open My Eyes” and “Hello It’s Me”. The name of his original band was Nazz. He left Nazz in 1969 to do solo work. One of his most recognized songs he did was “Bang the Drum All Day“, which became the them for several professional sports franchises, including the Green Bay Packers.
59) Robert Traylor Amount Owed: $178,000
Robert Traylor was a power forward in the NBA. Traylor played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks. He stopped playing in the NBA after the 2003-2005 season and has gone on to play in Puerto Rico and Turkey. Robert was threatened with jail time if he failed to pay his taxes but pleaded with the judge to not do so.
58) Flavor Flav Amount Owed: $183,000

Flavor Flav is an American rapper and member of the rap group Public Enemy. He had gained popularity through his appearances in VH1’s reality series, The Surreal Life, Strange Love and Flavor of Love.
57) Cynnna Phillips & William Baldwin Amount Owed: $188,000

Since married they filed a joint return and are both liable for the taxes owed. They are selling their home in NY to pay off some of their debts.
56) Kwame Kilpatrick Amount Owed: $198,000

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Kwame Kilpatrick at 31 was the youngest man to be elected Mayor of Detroit. His administration was fought with controversy and ended in the midst of lawsuits.
55) JC Chasez Amount Owed: $207,000
JC is best known for being one of the lead vocalists in the former pop group N Sync. He also released a solo album called Schizophrenic. Currently he is a judge for the show, America’s Best Dance Crew. The back taxes owed were caused from an outcome of a business dispute between N Sync and Mississippi over concert revenues.
54) Martha Reeves Amount Owed: $225,000

Martha Reeves as leader of the Motown girls group, Martha and the Vandellas enjoyed over a dozen hit singles. One notable hit she had was Nowhere To Run. Later on, she would serve as city councilwoman for Detroit from 2005 to 2009.
53) Burt Reynolds Amount Owed: $225,000

American actor, Burt Reynolds is one of the most recognized performers. He has appeared in more than 90 feature films and has made over 300 television appearances. Some of his best loved movies are Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and Deliverance.
52) Robin Givens Amount Owed: $238,000

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Robin Givens got her start as a television actress by appearing on the Cosby show in 1985. Since that time she has had numerous television appearances including starring in the sitcom Head of the Class. In addition to television, Ms. Givens has appeared in films and Playboy. Givens owes taxes for 8 years and has various tax liens filed against her in California, Florida, and New York.
51) Ron Dellums Amount Owed: $239,000
Ron Dellums is the 45th mayor of the city of Oakland California. Prior to becoming Mayor, Dellums was the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Northern California. He served as a representative from 1971-1998.
50) Terry McMillan Amount Owed: $253,000
Best selling author of Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan has had 3 novels made into movies. In addition to Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Disappearing Acts have made it to film.
49) Ruben Studdard Amount Owed: $254,000
Ruben Studdard is a 2003 Grammy Award nominee. He rose to pop stardom on the second season of American Idol. He has released 4 studio albums and tours in national musical theater productions. Ruben’s tax problems go back a ways and his tax debts seem to continue to grow each year.
48) Brian McKnight Amount Owed: $257,000
Singer-songwriter, pop and R&B vocalist Brian McKnight is also a musician that plays nine instruments. His first recording contract was with Mercury records. He is a Grammy Award nominee.
47) Glen Campbell Amount Owed: $282,000
Glen Campbell is a Grammy and Dove award winner. This country-pop singer has also been nominated for a Golden Globe. His popularity soared in the 60’s and 70’s and he hosted the CBS variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Conducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Campbell has released more than 70 albums.
46) Miguel Ferrer Amount Owed: $290,000

Actor Miguel Ferrer is the son of Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer. He has appeared in many television shows and feature films, often cast as the colorful villain. Ferrer is also a writer who has worked on many comic book series
45) Patti LaBelle Amount Owed: $337,000
R&B and soul singer and actress Patti LaBelle hit stardom in 1974 with the hit Lady Marmalade. Her 4-octave range voice has won her two Grammys and kept her in the business for more than 40 years.
44) Eric Roberts Amount Owed: $345,000
Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee actor Eric Roberts is also the Brother of actor Julia Roberts.
43) Olden Polynice Amount Owed: $427,000
Center Oden Polynice’s career with the NBA lasted from 1984 to 2006. In his 15-season career with the NBA he averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He was known as a tough insider and a good rebounder.
42) Teri Polo Amount Owed: $434,000
Actor Teri Polo is best known for her role in Meet the Parents and its sequel Meet the Fockers. She has also appeared in television sitcoms and the drama the West Wing. Terri claims she fell behind on her payments after putting aside her career to raise her two children and after going through an expensive divorce.
41) Bernie Kosar Amount Owed: $443,000
Quarterback Bernie Kosar played in the NFL from 1985 until 1996. He is best known as the QB for the Cleveland Browns, but he finished his career with the Cowboys and the Dolphins. During his college career he was fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Kosar owed taxes for his 2006 income taxes. He claims the lien has been paid off and it was a result of a messy divorce he was going through at the time.
40) Thomas Hearns Amount Owed: $448,000
Thomas “Hitman” Hearns is an eight-time world championship boxer. His championships span 6 different weight classes. He is the first ever quadruple, quintuple and sextuple champion. He is known as one of the greatest knockout artists of all time. Thomas’s back taxes are from unpaid income taxes from 2006 and 2007. The IRS has placed two liens on his assets.
39) Ving Rhames Amount Owed: $492,000

Golden Globe winning actor Ving Rhames is known for his role in the movie Pulp Fiction and in his role in the film series Mission Impossible.  Rhames has also appeared on Broadway and television. Ving’s taxes are from unpaid 2007 taxes from a joint return he filed with his wife.
38) Darryl Strawberry Amount Owed: $500,000
During his 17-year career in baseball, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game 8 times. As a New York Met, he helped the team earn the 1986 World Championship. Playing with the Yankees, his team won the World Championship in 1996, 1998 and 1999. As a well-known slugger, he was feared for his ability to hit home runs. This isn’t the first time Darryl has been in trouble for taxes, he owed over $100K back in 1995 as well.
37) Xzibit Amount Owed: $502,000
Xzibit is a well-known rapper, actor and television personality. He is the host of MTV’s Pimp My Ride and from 1996 to 2006 he released one album every two years.
36) Minoru Yamasaki Amount Owed: $537,000
One of the most prominate architects of the 20th century, Yamasaki continues to work. He considered a master of “romanticized modernism” and is the designer of the World Trade Center Twin Towers.
35) Val Kilmer Amount Owed: $539,000
Iceman in Top Gun, Val Kilmer has enjoyed a successful acting career. Originally a stage actor, film actor Kilmer has also appeared on television and was the voice of KITT in the TV series Knight Rider.
34) Ron Darling Amount Owed: $544,000
During his 13-year career as a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, Ron Darling threw 13 shutouts. He played with the Mets, Athletics and Expos and now is a color commentator for national baseball coverage.
33) Tommy Armour Amount Owed: $583,000

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Golfer Tommy Armor III has 7 professional wins. He began his professional career in 1981 and is the grandson of three time winning championship Golfer Tommy Armour. In 2008 he finished 62d on the PGA money list.
32) Mel Blount Amount Owed: $631,000
Six time All Pro with the Steelers, defensive back Mel Blount is considered one of the best. He spent his entire career with the Steelers and had 57 interceptions and scored 2 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
31) Foxy Brown Amount Owed: $642,000
American rap artist Foxy Brown is known not only for her solo work but for her many collaborations as well. Among her albums released are Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence and Brooklyn’s Don Diva. Brown has had several liens filed against her by the IRS and the State of New York. She seems to look for run ins with the law in recent years.
30) Lisa Whelchel Amount Owed: $669,000
Best known for her role as Blair in the hit sitcom Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel is an author and advocate for home schooling.
29) MC Hammer Amount Owed: $671,000
Rapper, dancer and hip-hop artist, MC Hammer was popular in the 1980’s and early 1990’s with hits such as U Can’t Touch This. Out of his rap origins, he has become a minister and TV host. MC Hammer claims he paid off taxes owed and he was wrongly accused of owing more taxes from 15 years prior.
28) Erwin Hollenquest Amount Owed: $673,000
Erwin Hollenquest is the controller for the city of Ecorse in the greater Detroit area.
27) Lil Kim Amount Owed: $979,000

Rapper, songwriter, actress and model Lil Kim has been performing since 1994. Her popularity waned when she served a one-year prison sentence for lying to a jury. She began her comeback with an appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Lil kim has a long history of not paying her taxes. She has various tax liens filed against her from 2004 to the present. Her rep says she is working at paying off her debt.
26) Aaron Carter Amount Owed: $1,000,000
Younger brother to Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter has established himself as a singer/actor. Carter became popular with the teen crowd with his appearances on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Lizzie McGuire and 7th Heaven. He has also appeared on stage and in film. Aaron owes taxes going back to 2003. Things really went downhill for him after getting the boot from dancing with the stars.
25) Jim Press Amount Owed: $1,000,000
Jim Press is the current Deputy CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. To remind himself that material wealth is not the most important thing, he wears a single string around his wrist. With being hit hard by cuts in the auto industry, Jim blames the lack of year end bonuses on his IRS debt.
24) Stephen Baldwin Amount Owed: $1,084,000
Actor Stephen Baldwin is the youngest of the Baldwin Brothers. He has had success in film and on television including being a contestant on several reality TV shows. The second of the Baldwin brothers to owe back taxes. His older brother is #57 on the list above.
23) Randy Quaid Amount Owed: $1,160,000
Actor and comedian Randy Quaid has appeared in over 90 films, including the popular National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid. Randy is known for being delinquent on many payments. Recent years he has been delinquent on his IRS taxes causing the IRS to issue liens.
22) Rich Robinson Amount Owed: $1,170,000

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Founding member of The Black Crowes, musician Rich Robinson wrote the music to one of the bands greatest hits, She Talks to Angels.
21) Alexis Stewart Amount Owed: $1,175,000
Radio and TV personality Alexis Stewart is the daughter of Martha Stewart. She has her own show on Siirus Satellite Radio and co-hosts a show on the Fine Living Network. Alexis claims it is the fault of her accountant that messed up her bookkeeping that caused the problem with back taxes and additional penalties.
20) BeBe Winans Amount Owed: $1,200,000
BeBe Winans is a gospel and R&B singer. He is a member of the famous Winans family and along with his sister CeCe released several albums. After spending 5 years on the PTL Club, the Winans left the show to establish their own singing careers.
19) Paul Anka Amount Owed: $1,200,000
1960’s teen idol, Paul Anka has been a successful singer, songwriter and actor. Among his hits are Diana and Put Your Head on My Shoulder. He also wrote Tom Jones’ great hit She’s a Lady and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song My Way.
18) Edward Rollins Amount Owed: $1,240,000
Edward Rollins is a Republican campaign advisor. He was the National Campaign Director for the Regan-Bush 1984 Campaign and in 2007 for the Mike Huckabee presidential campaign. Another Politician that owes taxes. He owes the IRS, State of New York and the State of Oklahoma.
17) Forest Whitaker Amount Owed: $1,270,000
Forest Whitaker is an Academy and Golden Globe Award winning actor. He also produces and directs. He was the 4th African American man to win the Academy Award for best Actor. Forest has had tax problems going back to 2000 and California has filed two tax liens against him in order to pressure him to pay.
16) DMX Amount Owed: $1,500,000
DMX is an actor and rapper. One of his most popular recordings is Party Up (Up in Here). He has starred in the films Cradle 2 the Grave and Romeo Must Die. He also has his own reality TV series on the BET network, Soul of a Man.
15) Annie Leibovitz Amount Owed: $1,500,000
Annie Leibovitz is the American photographer famous for her portraits of celebrities. She was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. She is known for her intimate and storytelling portraits. Annie’s debt problems have been all over the news. She risked losing copyright to her famous images if she failed to come up with $24 million to pay off a loan.
14) Dave Batista Amount Owed: $1,600,000
Professional wrestler Dave Batista is a 5 time World Heavyweight Champion. He has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times.
13) Anthony Mason Amount Owed: $1,800,000
Former power forward with the NBA, Anthony Mason’s career spanned the years from 1988 until 2003. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over his 13-year career. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1995. Mason earned over $40 million from basketball and taxes owed are a result of this.
12) Pamela Anderson Amount Owed: $1,952,000
Pamela Anderson is an actor, model, activists and author. She is best known for her television roles in Home Improvement and Bay Watch. She was Playmate of the Month for Playboy in February 1990. Pamela’s finances have been in the news many times this year, including her owing a construction company working on a Malibu house over $1 million.
11) Dionne Warwick Amount Owed: $2,180,000
The Grammy Award winning Dionne Warwick has had a R&B vocal career spanning over 4 decades. She is well known for her collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis. During the 1990’s she became known for doing infomercial’s for the Psychic Friends Network. Warwick continues touring today. Dionne is making efforts to pay her back taxes through an installment agreement, but the lien will not be lifted until they are all paid off.
10) Nas Amount Owed: $2,500,000
Actor and rapper Nas, was once a member of the hip-hop group The Firm. MTV named him as number 5 in their list of the Ten Greatest MC’s of All Time in 2006. Nas hit with some serious financial problems, including having to pay $51K a month to ex-wife Kelis, who is also listed above at # 94 for owing back taxes.
9) Jermaine Dupri Amount Owed: $3,200,000
Hip hop producer, songwriter and rapper, Jermaine Dupri founded the recording label So So Def Recordings. He achieved multi-millionaire status by the age of 24.
8) Chris Tucker Amount Owed: $3,600,000
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker has starred in films along side such notables as Ice Cube, Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis, Martin Lawrence and Jackie Chan.
7) Silkk the Shocker Amount Owed: $3,650,000
Silkk the Shocker is an urban rapper. Became knowing through the release of his first album, The Shocker. One song he is featured in that was popular was Master P’s “Make’em Say Ugh
6) Floyd Mayweather Amount Owed: $5,000,000
Floyd Mayweather has won six world boxing championships in 5 different weight classes. He racked up wins in all 40 of his fights winning 25 by knockouts. Floyd lucked out by winning his big fight this year. Won $10 million by defeating Juan Marquez. After paying past due taxes and taxes on the winnings, he was only left with $400K of his winnings.
5) Jim Thorpe Amount Owed: $5,400,000
Jim Thorpe turned professional golfer in 1972. Since that time he won 3 tournaments on the PGA tour and has 13 wins on the Champions tour.
4) Nicolas Cage Amount Owed: $6,250,000
Academy Award winning Actor Nicolas Cage has appeared in over 60 feature films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Leaving Las Vegas. Other notable films include Face/Off and National Treasure. Out of all of the celebrity’s, Nic’s taxes and debt have been talked about the most. He spent much of his leisure time living an extremely lavish lifestyle.
3) Sinbad Amount Owed: $8,150,000
Sinbad is both an actor and a stand up comedian. His films include Houseguest and Jingle All the Way. Sinbad began his career on Star Search and landed a role in the sitcom A Different World. Sinbad has some serious financial issues. He even filed for bankruptcy claiming he only had $50,000 in assets when it is believed he owns a $1.5M home, but put in his brother’s name.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez Amount Owed: $12,700,000
Julio Cesar Chavez is a six-time world championship boxer. Considered one of the best Mexican boxers, he won his championships in three different weight classifications. Out of his 107 wins, 86 were by knockouts.
1) Joe Francis Amount Owed: $33,800,000
Founder of the company Mantra Films, Inc. Joe Francis has produced the wildly successful DVD series Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild. Probably one of the most complex celebrity tax cases of the year. Joe claims the IRS was mad after he cut a plea deal for tax fraud and was out to get him.
  • Manny Davis

    Luvi, this list is just for celebrities that had tax problems in 2009. Willie Nelson and Wesley Snipes had tax problems prior to 2009 so we did not include them. If we were to make a list of all celebs in the past 20 years it would probably be a top 5000 list instead of top 100.

  • Luvi

    You missed a couple.
    Willie Nelson owed a lot he even make an album to cover the debt.
    Wesley Snipes went to prison for his lack of payments.

  • I just double checked that and William Daniels and Val Kilmer did the voice, just different seasons

  • coolgreyone

    Val Kilmer was not the voice of KITT, that was william Danials. Please fix that one too.

  • Ikesquared

    Thats insane! Millions of $$$?!?! WOW A fool and his money are soon parted.

  • Angel

    Wow, that is roughly $244 Million dollars owed. If that was all true and collected it would make possibly make a dent in our national debt!!!

  • C. Ingraham

    I am sad by the number of celebrities who owed back taxes in 2009. I am deeply concerned over the amounts. Who does their taxes? Or it is a case of them not listening to their tax professional. Either way, I hope they can make it right and soon. Penalties and Interest on a million dollars has to hurt each month, regardless of how much you are earning.

    I prepare back taxes and I understand how easy it is for taxes to just get away from you. However, at some point, you must stop what you are doing and reach out for help.

  • Mike Randall

    Your photo of Sally Kellerman is not Sally Kellerman who played Hot Lips in The Movie version of M*A*S*H.
    It’s Loretta Swit who played Hot Lips in the TV show. Please fix it.

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