R&B singer R. Kelly has had his share of legal problems to go along with his copious success within the music industry. And you can add one more item to that growing list: The staggering $4.8 million he reportedly owes in back taxes. The sum the IRS is now trying to collect stems from the singer's earnings going all the way back to 2005. As for Kelly's explanation for the failure to pay the surprising sum, no one is sure, but a representative for R. Kelly has issued a statement, saying:
"R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied."
Luckily for R. Kelly (and, I guess you could say, the IRS), it's a relatively simple matter for someone with R. Kelly's celebrity status to raise the required funds. He's got an album coming out very soon entitled Write Me Back, along with the eagerly anticipated release of 32 more chapters of his popular "Trapped in the Closet" series, which are set to air on IFC later on this year.
How did R. Kelly come to owe almost $5 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service? The reported breakdown of the amounts he owed between the years 2005 and 2010 goes like this: $1,472,366.77 for 2005) $710,520.51 for 2006, $376,180.11 for 2007, $1,122,694.90 for 2008, $173,815.18 for 2009 and $992,495.24 for 2010. This all comes to a grand total of $4,848,072.71, which will be pretty difficult to pay back even for R. Kelly. The IRS is pretty much the best organization there is to have to owe money to, although they have been making a practice of cracking down on celebrities of late.
Kelly is currently said to be recovering from an emergency throat surgery, and his upcoming album is slated for a June 26, 2012 release. So he's set to have a pretty busy rest of 2012, even if he didn't have the IRS to worry about.