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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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My Big Salami    

WHAT? Last time he had a hit Betty White was a virgin!

890 days ago
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hugh    

I bet Lohan is breathing a sigh of relief that the 1 am story isn't about her for a change.

890 days ago
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Bridget    

Man it would be nice to have that problem. Whoopsi I forgot to add another millon to my taxes. Well shoot, I guess I'll have to wait to buy that island for another month, darn it all to heck.

890 days ago
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tomcruiseisNUTs    

YOUR ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES....THE IRS AND I OWE YOU!!!

890 days ago
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Sincerity    

A friendly reminder from the IRS about the April 15th filing deadline!!! The interest is probably accruing daily!!!

890 days ago
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Duchess    

So that's why he flogging his new country album like crazy...between IRS and greedy ex wife...

890 days ago
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kenny    

and i want to tell you so much......where's my money

890 days ago
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sean    

So maybe it wasn't the best idea to hire Willie Nelson's accountant.

890 days ago
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whateva    

Whats up with rich people not paying their taxes. The IRS would through me in jail for not paying a lousy couple of hundred

890 days ago
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Truth    

PULEEEEZ... HE AINT WORTH $200 MILLION. FORBES ESTIMATES SH*T ALL THE TIME. WHAT REALLY COUNTS IS NET ASSETS - IE. CASH AND LIQUID ASSETS AND HE AINT ALL THAT. I'D BE SURPRISED IF HE WAS REALLY WORTH 30-40 MIL. THE ONLY POPSTARS WORTH MEGA-BILLIONS FROM BACK IN THE DAY YOU CAN COUNT ON ONE HAND. #TRUTH!!

890 days ago
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Michael    

@Truth
We're suppose to take your word about his worth why? I can count plenty of music stars who are worth 9 figures: Britney, Madonna, Mariah, Janet, Beyonce, U2 (I know this is a group), Elton, Celine, Bon Jovi, Jay Z, etc. All of these people are from "back in the day" depending on where you draw the line. If you think you generate a >$1 million tax bill for 2010 and aren't earning a good income, then you're wrong. How do you earn a good income when you're not doing many projects? The answer likely is he has significant wealth.

890 days ago
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BB not bb    

I can see it in your eyes, that you haven't got a clue, but let me start by saying, I love you, just not enough to pay you, sorry.

890 days ago
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Gretel    

First I would like to say HEY TMZ, HOW ABOUT POLICING YOUR OWN SITE FOR THESE SPAMMERS GETTING FREE ADVERTISING ON YOUR SITE?

Then I would like to comment on Lionel Richie. I like him. I like his music. His persona seems like he's a likeable guy. But jeez, he lives in a home that is the equivalent of a Tuscan mansion, he's got a lot of coin. I just don't get it. I earn a decent living but every cent of my taxes get paid every single year. WHO DOES THESE PEOPLE'S TAXES THAT THEY "MISS" A FEW MILLION HERE AND THERE?? Haven't they heard of CPA firms? Most businesses have them. Back to the 99%.

890 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

If he is so rich then he definately needs to PAY HIS TAXES! We did and we don't have anywhere near 200 million, hell we don't even have anywhere near what he OWES !! How can anyone live in this fine country and NOT pay his taxes?

890 days ago
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Joan K    

Why is it people who have this much money can't get their taxes paid? I bet if I hadn't paid mine for 2010 my butt would be in jail

890 days ago
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