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R. Kelly stopped paying U.S. taxes in 2005, owes $4.8 million to IRS

Updated: June 14, 2012 1:26PM



R. Kelly has not received too many love letters from his creditors.

The troubled R&B star owes just more than $4.8 million in back taxes, according to a TMZ review of IRS documents. The singer allegedly stopped paying his taxes in 2005.

“R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied,” a representative for Kelly said Thursday. No explanation was added for why Kelly stopped paying his taxes.

But Kelly -- purveyor of sexually charged pop and hip-hop and acquitted in a child pornography trial in 2008 (four years ago yesterday, in fact) -- has had other money problems, too.

He also stopped paying the mortgage on his south suburban Chicago mansion more than a year ago. The result: a $2.9 million foreclosure lawsuit against the singer, and the Olympia Fields mansion went on the market in December for $1.6 million.

In 2011, Kelly’s old-school R&B album, “Love Letter,” earned a Grammy nomination; after recovering from throat surgery last year, he’s due to release the follow-up, his 11th album, next month. He still performs regularly.

In March, the IFC network announced it had greenlit more episodes of Kelly’s bizarre cultural landmark, “Trapped in the Closet,” an urban operetta about tangled and twisted sexual exploits.

The list of music celebrities who’ve been in hot water with the government over back taxes is long and includes Lil Wayne, Willie Nelson and, just last week, Lauryn Hill.



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