Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien

Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien

Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vanessa Williams is the latest black celebrity to face IRS woes. The former Miss America was slapped with a tax lien from the Internal Revenue Service for nearly $370,000 in back taxes. Um, Vanessa, pay your taxes girl — look at Lauryn Hill and Wesley Snipes?

Here’s more from The Smoking Gun:

The 51-year-old performer is being dunned in connection with her 2011 personal tax return. The IRS is demanding $369,249.89 from Williams,according to a federal tax lien filed earlier this month.

The lien includes the address of a Manhattan-based accounting firm known for its representation of entertainers, including Williams, the former star of “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Williams, who lives in Chappaqua, a tony New York City suburb, was hit with the lien after failing to pay an IRS assessment that was issued in November 2012.

Obama Administration Seeks to Limit ‘Dark Money’ Groups Like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS

Obama Administration Seeks to Limit 'Dark Money' Groups After IRS Tea Party Scandal

Obama Administration Seeks to Limit ‘Dark Money’ Groups After IRS Tea Party Scandal

The Obama administration is seeking to rein in the ‘dark money’ groups that spend millions in political campaigns without divulging their donor information. It’s about time.

In draft guidance to be issued by Treasury and the IRS, the administration proposes new standards for tax-exempt groups like the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS and Organizing for Action, the offshoot of President Obama’s own campaign apparatus.

“This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations,” said Mark Mazur, Treasury’s assistant secretary for tax policy.

The move springs directly from the controversy over IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, which began after compliance officers singled out political groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. Source: The Hill

IRS Ranter Pak Chong Mar Slashes Wrists Outside ‘Today Show’ at Rockefeller Plaza

Pak Chong Mar ranted about the IRS as he slashed himself outside the “Today Show” Thursday morning, right in front of host Matt Lauer at Rockefeller Plaza. The man, described as deranged and suicidal, ranted against the government as he used two knives to saw at his wrists, the NY Daily News reports.

Pak Chong Mar, who lives in Queens, ranted that the Internal Revenue Service was corrupt and had “ruined his life,” the NY Daily News reports.

Mar was subdued by NYPD cops and plaza security guards, who rushed towards him with pepper-spray and tackled him.

Former Fugees Singer Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty for Failing to File Tax Returns, Faces Prison Time

Lauryn Hill

Former Fugees Singer Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty for Failing to File Tax Returns, Faces Prison Time

DUMBASS:  Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill pled guilty to “intentionally and willingly” failing to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, on $1.8 million. She faces up to three years in prison and a $75,000 fine, plus taxes and penalties. Um, she has no-one else to blame but her dumb ass. Sorry, this just makes me really mad that some rich people feel they shouldn’t pay taxes. Remember Wesley Snipes? I rest my case.

Lauryn Hill pled guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns, all felonies. She was released on $150,000 bail and her sentencing hearing is set for November. SMH. What a moron.

R&B Singer Lauryn Hill Facing Federal Tax Charges for Willful Failure to File Returns on $1.6 Million Income

Everything Is Everything (Lauryn Hill song)

R&B Singer Lauryn Hill Facing Federal Tax Charges for Willful Failure to File Returns on $1.6 Million Income (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Singer Lauryn Hill is facing some serious trouble with the IRS over her willful failure to file tax returns for three years on the more than $1.6 million she earned. Hill, the former girlfriend of son of late Reggae legend Bob Marley, is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29.  Rohan Marley may have dodged a bullet with this one. Prosecutors say Hill’s primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries.

Um, Lauryn Hill should check out what the IRS did to R&B crooner Peabo Bryson. They auctioned off even his Grammy award to pay back taxes. Wesley Snipes should be a constant reminder of the power of the Internal Revenue Service.

Lauryn Hill wrote a rambling mess on her Tumblr page saying she deliberately did not pay her taxes because she had to “put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.” She also blamed much of the problems on pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism,” which she has rejected.

Um, the IRS just won its case against her — she admitted to deliberately not paying her taxes. For all the fans out there who patronize Ms. Hill by attending her concerts and purchasing her music, you have just been played for a fool. She has no problem reaping the benefits of your hard work, but has an enormous problem doing one of the most fundamental things in our country — paying her taxes, which many of her fans do. I guess she hasn’t seen what happened to Wesley Snipes, Ronald Isley, Peabo Bryson, Leona Helmsley and others who defy the system — prison. If she really cared about her children, then she wouldn’t put them through this embarrassing situation.

Record Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship Due to High Taxes

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Record Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship Due to High Taxes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Record number of Americans renounce their citizenship in 2011. Reuters reports that nearly 1,800 people renounced their American citizenship or handed in their Green Cards last year. That’s huge and it is almost eight times more than the number of citizens who said bye-bye in 2008 and more than the total for 2007, 2009 and 2009 combined. Some gave up their citizenship for tax reasons.

The United States is one of the only countries to tax its citizens on income earned while they’re living abroad. And just as Americans stateside must file tax returns each April – this year, the deadline is Tuesday – an estimated 6.3 million U.S. citizens living abroad brace for what they describe as an even tougher process of reporting their income and foreign accounts to the IRS. For them, the deadline is June.

The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Office, part of the IRS, released a report in December that details the difficulties of filing taxes from overseas. It cites heavy paperwork, a lack of online filing options and a dearth of local and foreign-language resources.

For those wishing to legally escape the filing requirements, the only way is to formally renounce their U.S. citizenship. Last year, IRS records show that at least 1,788 people did, and that’s likely an underestimate. The IRS publishes in the Federal Register the names of those who give up their citizenship, and some who renounced say they haven’t seen their name on the list yet. Source: Reuters

The IRS publishes the names of those who renounce their citizenship in the Federal Register. The process is also known as “name and shame.”

Rev. C. Jay Matthews, Senior Pastor at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church & Civic Activist, Charged with Stealing More than $90K

Rev. C Jay Matthews, influential Cleveland civic activist and senior pastor at Mt. Sinani Baptist Church, charged in federal court with stealing more than $90,000 meant to pay taxes on employees’ wages, instead used money for personal use.

Rev. C. Jay Matthews & wife

Rev. C. Jay Matthews, senior pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland and one of the city’s most influential civic activist, was charged in federal court Tuesday for stealing more than $90,600 meant to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on his church employees’ wages. He did not report or pay the money to the Internal Revenue Service. The charges state that he used the money for other purposes, including transfers to his personal account, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Matthews, who has led the church since 1988, also failed to report and pay the employer’s share of federal taxes, the newspaper said.

The federal charges said Matthews controlled Mt. Sinai’s operating and payroll accounts and a pastor’s account. But Matthews has had financial troubles in recent years. Court records show a number of state and federal tax liens levied against him and a home foreclosure action. About six years ago, he moved from Shaker Heights into a Solon home valued at more than $560,000. At that time he told The Plain Dealer, “My business choices and my work ethic have allowed me to take care of my family financially.” Matthews is married to Jacquelyn Farris-Matthews, who is the associate pastor of Mt. Sinai. They have four children and four grandchildren. Source

How the fast can the mighty tumble. I am sure the people in Cleveland, particularly the black community, must be shocked beyond words. Sounds a lot like the mighty tumble Bishop Eddie L. Long took in metro Atlanta, though he isn’t facing any criminal charges.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-Harlem) Gave Campaign Contributions To Three Democrats On Ethics Committee Charged With Investigating Him

It is high time that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) be removed as the chairman of the House Ways & Means committee. The man is scumbag and he is a liar. Once again information is circulating about more alleged back-door dealings and other political whoring on Rangel’s part. What’s unconscionable is that Charlie Rangel heads Congress’ tax committee and he is the biggest tax cheat of them all. He has been true to his name — “wrangling” other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles. An investigator from the Internal Revenue Service ought to pay him a visit, in much the same way as they did to Rev. Al Sharpton. Why hasn’t Nancy Pelosi sought to have him removed from his position?

The latest wheeling and dealing comes after Mr. Rangel’s amended financial disclosure form came to light, which exposed questionable omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records. He neglected to report a checking account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union and one with Merrill Lynch, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000; the tens of thousands of dollars he’s earning from dividends from a number of mutual funds and stocks; and the money made from the sale of a Harlem townhouse. As a result, his reported net worth doubled, from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000. How do you just forget to mention this money? Clang, clang. He should be hearing the sound of prison shackles for tax evasion.

Here’s a look at Charlie Rangel’s so-called “angels” involved in his ethics investigation, according to WCBS-TV:

Congressman Rangel has been arrogant in refusing to discuss how, as the man who writes this country’s tax laws, he failed to report over $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions as required by the House, lapses under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

“I recognize that all of you have an obligation to ask questions knowing that there’s none of you smart enough to frame it in such a way that I’m going to respond,” Rangel said.

There may be a reason for Rangel’s arrogance. CBS 2 HD has discovered that since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.

Charlie’s “angels” on the committee include Congressmen Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Peter Welch of Vermont. All have received donations from Rangel. Source: WCBS-TV

Why hasn’t this so-called ethics investigation been completed yet? Seems like Nancy Pelosi and company are deliberately protecting Charlie Rangel. It’s time for his constituents to vote this two-bit shyster out of office. He is a disgrace to his office and to African Americans, including those who have faithfully voted for him in every election. The last committee he should be the chairman of is one having to do with setting the tax codes.