More Rappers Owe IRS: Swizz, Wyclef, Obie Hit With New Liens
The government continues to pursue rappers for their outstanding tax bill, as the IRS has placed new liens on three well known artists.
First up is Haitian Presidential candidate, Wyclef Jean.
According to a lien recently filed by the IRS, Clef's Yele Haiti non-profit organization allegedly owes $2.1 million dollars in back taxes.
According to the lien, the Haitian-born rapper, who is expected to announce his bid for President of that country today (August 5th), Yele Haiti failed to pay proper taxes on income earned in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Recently wed producer Swizz Beatz' tax bill also continues to grow.
The chart-topping producer, who married Alicia Keys last weekend off the coast of X, has had 35 tax liens placed against him over the course of the last seven years.
Swizz, born Kasseem Dean, owed more than $4.1 million in three different states between 2003 and 2010 and although he is paying on the bill, the hit making producer still owes over $2.1 million to the IRS.
Finally, Detroit rapper Obie Trice owes almost $300,000 dollars to the government.
The IRS filed a lien against Obie Trice on June 21st, claiming the rapper is behind on taxes to the tune of $298,000.
Earlier this week, federal agents raided the home of Nashville, Tennessee rap star Young Buck and confiscated computers, studio equipment and other assets, to help offset his $300,000 tax burden.
"I have a new team in place, but I am also paying full attention now," Young Buck said after his house was raided. "Nothing like this will ever happen again. This is a huge wake-up call for all entertainers to stay on top of your own trusted employees and team members, and replace anyone that was put in place by your record label if the situation you have goes sour. This IRS situation came about because I trusted accountants, lawyers and managers to handle my business for me while I focused on making music. From now on, I am going to stay on top of my own business."