Lionel Richie Owes ‘IRS’ $1 Million In Back Taxes

The IRS is after Lionel Richie for back taxes that were due in 2010, but the artist seems to be stepping up his earnings by re-releasing some of his older pop hits as new country songs. He appeared on the CMA broadcast special Friday night.

And it’s ironic to think that the IRS has given the American taxpayer until April 17 to file their taxes, but the agency isn’t waiting on Richie, instead, it has filed a tax lien for $1,130,609.11, reports TMZ.

The 62 year-old soul singer and staple of easy listening radio stations has yet to comment on his financial situation, though judging by the performance of his most recent album, Tuskegee, the lien is a bit of a surprise.

Tuskegee, which features the singer dueting with country stars like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain on covers of his classic songs, debuted last month and already sold 200,000 copies. It’s his eleventh Top Ten album.

There’s no question on whether the IRS will want a piece of that, and with a lien to executive whenever they want, they will surely get a piece of that.

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