Lil’ Kim is the latest in a growing list of emcees and producers to have tax troubles, and according to TMZ, she has hit a bit of a milestone in that regard.
The celebrity news site reports that Kim’s tax troubles have brought her total bill to the IRS to $1,026,862.42.
The Queen Bee reportedly owes $86,347.85 from 2009, and money in every year from 2002-2009.
In response, Kim’s publicist issued the following statement:
“It is a known fact that for some time TMZ has been running stories on celebrities or well known persons of interest and providing the general public and media with publicly accessible information on random celebrities and their private matters with the internal revenue service, this [sic] does not come as a surprise, as it is Tax Season and is a sell-able media opportunity,it is for no other reason that Kimberly Jones (a/k/a: LIL’ KIM) is now the target of such random media scrutiny.As it pertains to the story that was ran on TMZ(February 4,2012)regarding Lil’ Kim, we would like to inform fans,media, and the general public, that LIL’ KIM has hired professional attorneys to handle this matter(embellished by all standards via the media), and that she,along with her team of legal experts are working cooperatively and diligently with the I.R.S and federal authorities to amicably resolve the situation.
Publicist for ‘Lil Kim'”
Other artists to recently land in tax trouble include Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Nas, and many others.