By Gil Kaufman
Lauryn Hill recently made headlines for failure to pay taxes, and now R. Kelly has been added to the list of stars in trouble with Uncle Sam. Kellz owes the IRS over $4.8 million in overdue taxes, stretching all the way back to 2007.A rep for the singer said, “R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”
The breakdown of the alleged non-payments includes: $1,472,366.77 (2005), $710,520.51 (2006), $376,180.11 (2007), $1,122,694.90 (2008), $173,815.18 (2009) and $992,495.24 (2010). The total bill comes to $4,848,072.71.
After taking some time off to recover from emergency throat surgery? last year, Kells is expected to make his music return later this month with his 11th studio album, Write Me Back.
The lead single from the disc, “Share My Love,” was released in February and a second song, “Feelin’ Single” hit late last month. The disc is the follow-up to 2010’s Love Letter, an ode to Kelly’s favorite music from the 1950’s and ’60’s.
In December, Kelly shocked fans when he announced that he would be adding 32 chapters to his popular “Trapped in the Closet” series, and in March it was confirmed that the series would be aired on IFC later this year. Twenty-two chapters exist thus far in the soap opera series that begins with a one-night stand and weaves into an extended tale of sex and lies, starring Kelly’s alter ego, Sylvester.