News: R. Kelly's Tax Woes Exposed, Pied Piper's $4.8 Million Tune Revealed

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 1:05PM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly's tax woes have surfaced and show him owing nearly $5 million to the government dating back to the mid-2000's.

According to reports, the tax debt ranges from 2005 up through 2010.

The federal government is pissed at R. Kelly ... for failing to pay a whopping $4.8 million in back taxes ... TMZ has learned. According to documents filed by the IRS, Kelly owes money on his taxes going way back to 2005. It breaks down like this ... 2005 - $1,472,366.77 2006 - $710,520.51 2007 - $376,180.11 2008 - $1,122,694.90 2009 - $173,815.18 2010 - $992,495.24 ... for a total of $4,848,072.71. Being trapped in the closet probably won't cut it as an excuse. A rep for Kelly tells TMZ, "R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied." (TMZ)

Last summer, the singer's tax debt totaled up to nearly $1 million.

Music industry bad boy R. Kelly has more than foreclosure to worry about. Kelly, the controversial R&B star owes more than $837,000 in delinquent federal taxes, records show. The tax debt is another indication Kelly is struggling with financial problems. News leaked this week that Kelly faces possible foreclosure of his $2.9 million suburban Chicago mansion. It's not all bad news. Last month, the IRS released a $1,036,858 tax lien filed against Kelly. (Detroit News)

In summer 2011, Kells made headlines for undergoing emergency throat surgery.

The R&B star has been discharged from a Chicago hospital after undergoing emergency throat surgery. "He left the hospital last night and is recuperating at home in Chicago," says publicist Allan Mayer. "Still no word on when he'll be able to resume performing." (E! Online)

He is currently gearing up to release a new album later this month.

For 2010?s The Love Letter, R. Kelly threw his head back and struck a smile resembling that of Ray Charles. And as seconds-long snippets now prove, Kells is picking up where he left off in Write Me Back, out June 26 through RCA Records. What does that mean, exactly? For starters, and based on the sounds released so far -- about 30 seconds each from the standard release's 12 tracks -- the best of Write Me Back has R. Kelly sounding like a man out of his time, though perhaps in the best way possible. "All Rounds on Me" is essentially Kelly performing at a sock hop, if not imagining his likeness standing on stage, swiveling his hips and causing an frenzy as Elvis Presley did on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' (Idolator)

Check out a recent R. Kelly interview down below:

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