Rick Ross You The Boss, IRS ... I've Got Your Dough

11/9/2016 9:57 AM PST

Rick Ross Starts Wiping Out IRS Debt

EXCLUSIVE

Rick Ross is dead serious about coming clean with Uncle Sam -- he hired new accountants and is close to wiping out his tax debt.

The rapper tells TMZ the $5.7 million he owes in back taxes is an issue that arose from an incorrect tax filing in 2012 by his previous accountants. Rick tells us he's not only hired a new team to correct the filing but has already paid a large portion of the debt.

TMZ broke the story ... the feds issued a tax lien against Rozay for owing a little more than $4.6 million in 2012 alone, plus more in 2013 and 2014.

Ross tells us, "As anyone who has dealt with the IRS understands, it is a process."