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Brian McKnight Lawsuit

My Accountant Ruined My Life

2/18/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Brian McKnight claims his accountant was so fraudulent, so deceptive ... the money man stooped to secretly getting a United States congressman to help cover up his misdeeds.

McKnight has filed a lawsuit against Vernon Brown and Company, claiming Brown ruined his life by not paying ANY of Brian's taxes for close to a decade ... resulting not only in more than a million bucks in back taxes, but more than $500K in penalties and interest.

Here's how bad McKnight says it got ... In the lawsuit he claims Brown knew he screwed up and secretly contacted Congressman Henry Waxman and gave him a phony sob story that got Waxman to contact the IRS and get McKnight back on an installment plan.

McKnight says Brown was so bad he screwed up the installment plan and the taxes were never paid.

McKnight says his credit is now crap, his house has a lien, his music royalties have been frozen and his life is in shambles.  Not only that, McKnight says his driver's license has been suspended for failing to pay back taxes, and because his son shares the same name HIS license was suspended as well.

And here's an honor no one wants ... McKnight says he landed on California's Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayers.

Something he can put on his mantle ... next to his Soul Train Music Award.

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57 COMMENTS

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16.

Kosher Harvey    

Is it possible that the IRS is targeting black actors and musicians. It seems to be the trend these days. Work hard and have Harvey and the crew laugh at someone's extortion

216 days ago
17.

News Flash     

I hated to read this. Stupid accountant.

216 days ago
18.

Brian    

Does he really think we believe that story? Sounds like an excuse to get out of tax trouble. If his taxes weren't being paid all those years he would have heard about it and could have dealt with it. More likely he didn't want to pay taxes.

216 days ago
19.

KicksandGiggles    

Bunch of crap. He knows darn well he should have been seeing some kind of returns that required his signature as well as tax $ in and out. He does not rock Oprah kind of $. We are not talking ka-billions here. If he was too stupid to participate in his own $$, then so be it.

216 days ago
20.

KicksandGiggles    

By the way, his barber is not making his life any easier as well!!!!! Put Barber and accountant in jail!!!

216 days ago
21.

NoniaBezzWax    

That's just the reason even Oprah says that each of us should SIGN OUR OWN CHECKS, meaning trust NO ONE-

216 days ago
22.

PT    

Buh-loney!

216 days ago
23.

Clytemnestra    

Regardless of his particular case, VH-1's Behind the Music was a seemingly endless series of the same or very similar stories. About entertainers who lost it all. Seems like the same crap is still going on. Tough break.

216 days ago
24.

dontworryaboutit    

damn, hes darker than wesley snipes!

216 days ago
25.

DrTyrell    

Gee, it happens to every single celebrity who doesn't have an accounting degree. You think it could be a conspiracy yet? Watch the 1975 movie Rollerball. All celebrity is meant to bait the masses, but leave them with a sense of futility, because look at what happens to them; they all end up broke.

216 days ago
26.

Truth    

MEHHHH... I HEARD FOR YEARS HE WAS LOSIN IT AND ON THE DECLINE FINANCIALLY. JUST DINT HAPPEN OVERNITE. PROOF HE NEVER HAD MILLIONS SAVED. OTHERWISE HE SETTLE THAT SH*T WITH UNCLE SAM AND PAID OFF ALREADY. IRS DOESNT FREEZE YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO PAY. OBVIOUSLY HE DINT AND WENT AFTER HIS LITTLE ASSETS. CMON HE WAS ON CELEB APPRENTICE. EVERY IDIOT ON THAT SHOW ARE HAS-BEEN CELEBS WITH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. DO THE RESEARCH. #TRUTH!!

216 days ago
27.

Lil-za    

Never received any bank statement? Or monthly reports on expenses versus credits? Really ,,.. You never looked to see how much came in and what went out? Even with online banking? Really? Can a person spend without checking how much they are spending ? That's hard to believe.

216 days ago
28.

Tony C    

If you have that kind of income and can afford money managers and accountants,then you need to have a 2nd set of money managers and accountants keeping and eye on the main group. It may sound like overkill but it will save your %# if there is ever a discrepancy. People will rob you blind if given the opportunity.

216 days ago
29.

Lina    

Umm... I don't know what it's like in the USA, but in Canada, when you submit your tax calculations, they review it and issue actual do***entation that (*gasp!*) CONFIRMS that you submitted them, if you need to give them more info, and what you owe/are owed back.

In short: your accountant may be shifty as hell, but being so lazy that you can't read a yearly notice and ask your accountant to show you proof of timely payment on a yearly basis is ON YOU. Don't hire people to manage a fortune and then never check in on their work.

216 days ago
30.

Yurra Knutz    

Note to self... If I ever get rich, do NOT hire Vernon Brown and Company to handle my cash.

216 days ago
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