Finding out you’re going to owe taxes in any given year instead of receiving a nice return to spend on something silly (like rent!) is always a frowny day. Finding out you owe millions in taxes must be like that, except you might have to sell off a private jet or two.
Mary J. Blige was recently ordered to pay $30,000 a month in spousal support to her ex Kendu Issacs. The Daily Mail reports that her lawyers filed an Income and Expense Declaration in the LA courts in response. Mary claims that she owes “unpaid back taxes” from 2008 to 2016 in the amount of 6.5 million to Uncle Sam. Someone tell Kendu he needs to start looking for gigs on Craigslist because the government ALWAYS gets paid first.
In other excuses for why she can’t cut a check to her ex every month, the docs state that she owns two “unrentable” houses and that she experienced a “large reduction” in her royalty payments in 2016. It was also revealed that Mary makes $326,923 a month in earnings and royalties from her production company.
Mary filed for divorce from her husband and manager Kendu in July of last year. He came back at her with a demand for $130,000 a month in alimony, claiming that he was used to a certain lifestyle (take Ubers, Kendu) and that she left him with “no source of income.” Kendu reportedly made $43,977 a month based on commissions when he was on Team J. Blige.
Mary revealed that her current expenses include the rent on her LA place (where she currently resides) which is $14,000 a month. She also pays $2,340 for the two Mercedes-Benzes that she drives.
Back to those houses. Mary reportedly owns three, one in New York and two in New Jersey. Her “eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom, Saddle River, New Jersey mansion” is currently moldering on the market and described as “unrentable.” She owns another place in Cresskill, which is described as “boarded up” and in a “state of disrepair.” What the hell was Mary and Kendu up to in these houses? (Well, we know what Kendu might have allegedly been up to and allegedly spending $420,000 on…)
Mary and the IRS are old friends. In 2013, TMZ revealed that she was in debt to them for 3.4 million. It wasn’t stated whether the 6.5 mil included this past due or not. This is why you don’t let the shady husband/”manager” handle the finances. He’s buying solid gold Lambos and forgetting to log on to Turbo Tax every year.
You GOTTA pay your taxes. They will almost ALWAYS catch you. And if you can’t afford to be buying all that fresh shrimp to throw around the danceree, maybe you should be buying them frozen and in bulk from the freezer case down at BJs Wholesale Club.