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R. Kelly: Singer and tax evader

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Mug shot of singer-songwriter R. Kelly

R. Kelly reportedly owes the IRS several million dollars in taxes

R. Kelly, famous for hits such as I Believe I Can Fly and The World’s Greatest is apparently not the world’s greatest at tax evasion. Kelly has managed to rack up about $6 million in taxes over the years. The singer owes the government nearly $1.4 million for the year of 2011 alone, in addition to the taxes he owes from 2005-2010.

A rep of the star says that paying back the taxes is a top priority for R. Kelly. Of course it better be, seeing as the IRS already presented Kelly with a federal tax lien. Should he fail to pay a tax debt, the government has a legal right to his property (real estate, personal property and financial assets).

The rep also stated “He takes this very seriously and is already communicating with the IRS about the payment process to quickly resolve the issue.”

Alongside the tax money R. Kelly owes, he also reportedly owes $2.9 million on his 20,000-square-foot mansion outside of Chicago which was foreclosed last year.

R. Kelly hopes to earn some of this money back with a new album, memoir and yet another installment of the classic hit Trapped in the Closet. He is also preparing for his upcoming Trapped Tour which will hopefully help make a dent in the pile of money on his tab.

R. Kelly, we believe you can fly. To the bank. To pay off your taxes.

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