If you’ve ever stumbled upon the TMZ website, you know how they love to expose celebrity tax problems.  If I didn’t know better, I’d say they have some secret relationship with the IRS.  I mean, what a huge benefit to the IRS to have these cases all over the internet where people can see them.

A quick perusal of the TMZ website reveals the tax issues (past and present) of the following celebs:

  1. Christie Brinkley
  2. Bow Wow
  3. Chris Tucker
  4. Sandra Oh
  5. Al Pacino
  6. The Osbournes
  7. Nicolaus Cage
  8. Val Kilmer
  9. Toni Braxton

The list goes on and on.  My apologies if this blog is starting to look TMZ-ish, but celebrities just can’t stay out of tax trouble.  As their fame (and income) start to slide, they find themselves overextended and tax bills often go unpaid. Besides, I do think it is constructive to call out the celebs, especially if it gets us to ponder our own spending habits and live more frugally.