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IRS to Lionel Richie:

Hello, It's $1.1 Million

We're Looking For

4/13/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lionel Richie
For most people ... a $1.1 million debt to the IRS is a REALLY BIG DEAL ... but when you're Lionel Richie and worth an estimated $200 mil ... it's probably just a nuisance.

According to documents obtained by TMZ ... Richie owes the federal government $1,130,609.11 in unpaid income tax for 2010.

The singer has been slapped with a lien ... which means Uncle Sam can start going after his stuff if he doesn't fork over the dough ASAP.

We called Lionel's rep for comment -- still waiting for a call back.

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16.

MenPeroid    

Lame as government pay your bills. then we will pay ours.

932 days ago
17.

xoxo    

Ohhh...so that's why he has a country album coming out.

932 days ago
18.

David     

I am floored by so many of these rich liberals not paying their taxes. They are not paying their share ! Hypocrites!!!

932 days ago
19.

hotbitch    

Seriously, $1 million is a drop in the bucket for Lionel Richie. He's responsible for writing so many songs it's ridiculous and that's where the real money is. Remember when he divorced his wife and she said in court papers their monthly expenses were easily $250K a month ($75K for mortgage alone)???? That right there let me know how hard he was ballin. Lionel is PAID. And on top of that he seems to be such a genuinely good-hearted person.

932 days ago
20.

Jay W.     

Say You... Say Me... Say, give me the money.

931 days ago
21.

bunny    

It sounds like the IRS has also been waiting for a call back. For a very long time.

931 days ago
22.

jabby    

Who cares? In the past 45 years since he began with Motown, he's only had this one problem with the IRS. It ain't like he's Willie Nelson or Wesley Snipes.

931 days ago
23.

me    

Lionel is probably worth more. He is a song writer has had plenty of hits since the 80's. and does major touring. even if he didn't he still has more money than you.

931 days ago
24.

Stormy    

Did these people that voted for Obama think that since he got elected that thy no longer had to pay all of their taxes. And, that Whitey was going to foot all the bills now.

931 days ago
25.

Carl    

The interesting thing isn't just that he's worth 200 million. It is that he owes taxes of 1 million for 2010. That means he made 4-5 million dollars or so for doing nothing. Gotta love royalties!

931 days ago
26.

teddisha    

i don't understand why celebrities don't pay their taxes, It's not like , they don't have it, or are struggling! They're filthy rich, and still don't do right with their $. Everyone else pays their, taxes! Celebs aren't exempted.

931 days ago
27.

Tyler    

A LIEN!?!?! Before they do this, they ask you a thousand times to pay your taxes!! WTF... if he's so "rich", why did he not pay it when they asked for it?

931 days ago
28.

mia    

'google' lionel richie for confirmation of his worth..

931 days ago
29.

me    

also People like Lionel have accountants. 99% of the time it is someone else who files their taxes and everything else. if this is true he probably didn't even know it was going on. The fact that he has a #1 album on the charts right now you all thought this would be news but I'm sure he is saying thanks for putting his name on more people's mind so that they will go out and buy his album too.

930 days ago
30.

Nishima    

Lionel and Nicole Richie climbing .. ACM Lionel Richie concert! http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3366267

930 days ago
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