The life of a celebrity is one that allows access to many unbelievable experiences, such as traveling the world or performing in front of sold-out stadiums. In addition, celebrity status allows those in the public eye to avoid certain things - long lines at clubs and airports, the daily 9 to 5 grind and much more. One thing celebrities cannot avoid, though, is taxes. However, some have attempted to get away from Uncle Sam, but the strategy isn't an effective one and often comes with a large public scandal. Here are some celebrities who have had much-publicized tax problems.
Xzibit: The "Pimp My Ride" host and successful rapper couldn't rhyme or ride his way past the IRS when he ran into trouble in 2009. According to the IRS, Xzibit owed more than half a million dollars in back taxes. Word has it Xzibit had just about that much in loose change in his ride.
Chris Tucker: Like Xzibit, Chris Tucker fell victim to tax problems in 2009. Unlike Xzibit, this actor and comedian, perhaps best known for his appearances in the "Rush Hour" movie franchise, owed the IRS $3.6 million in back taxes. Hard to say how you let that much money slip past you.
Gordon Ramsay: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay found that the state of New York had an appetite for his cash in December of 2010. The state levied $1 million in tax liens against the chef, who was also in the spotlight in late 2010 after a second contestant on one of his former shows committed suicide.
Jaime Pressly: One would think that Jaime Pressly's January 2011 DUI was enough for the actress to deal with, but the IRS wasn't feeling very sympathetic. Toward the end of that same month, it was revealed that Pressly owed nearly $700,000 in taxes.
Nicholas Cage: With the amount of movies that Cage pumps out each year, it's surprising that he would have any financial problems. However, Cage's team of accountants is apparently not working as hard as he is, because the IRS claimed Cage owed $14 millin in 2008.
Marc Anthony: The state of New York doesn't play games when it comes to taxes. Marc Anthony found that out the hard way in early 2010, when the state claimed he owed $1.8 million. In March of the same year, an additional lien for $1.6 million was levied.
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