Courtney Love, Terrence Howard, And Michael Madsen Are Some Of California’s Biggest Tax Dodgers This Year
It’s that time again! It’s the annual traditional shaming of the California tax delinquents. And coming in at the top of the list of famous types who failed to pony up enough cash, is Courtney Love, Terrence Howard, Michael Madsen, and noted mess Steven Seagal, who can now add “alleged tax loser” to the current list of allegations against him.
Up first is the man who owes the most amount of money, Michael Madsen. Michael, call your sister Virginia, you need to pay your taxes! According to Page Six, Michael Madsen made The State of California Franchise Tax Board’s list of the top 500 tax delinquents, with a total of $509,029.92 in unpaid taxes. Michael has had tax issues in the past, like in 2013, when he finally paid off a $640,000 tax bill that he owed to the IRS. Or like in 2009, when he declared bankruptcy, and it was revealed he owed his friend Quentin Tarantino $1 million.
Falling onto the list with just a bit smaller of a tax bill is Courtney Love, who reportedly owes $357,260.94 in unpaid taxes. The eternal optimist in me would like to point out that that’s a much better number than the last time Courtney was accused of failing to fork over her taxable income. In 2018, Courtney was accused of failing to pay a 2016 IRS bill to the tune of nearly $570,000 (which itself was a tax bill that came mere months after she paid off a $320,000 tax bill from 2012). Someone, please help Courtney figure this out. I’d hate for Courtney to have to add “unpaid taxes” to her list of great shames. And I’m serious because Courtney once claimed she casually blew through $27 million.
Then there’s Terrence Howard, who allegedly owes a more reasonable (but still really high) $295,850.84 for unpaid taxes. This is Terrence’s fourth time at the tax delinquent rodeo:
His money problems also aren’t new. In 2019, he was reportedly under investigation for criminal tax evasion. Howard has also been hit with tax liens three times over the previous years, owing $600,000 in 2006, $1.1 million in 2010 and $140,000 in 2019 for taxes owed in 2010. According to a report, the 2006 and 2010 liens appear to be paid.
Terrence “retired” from acting in 2019, but then came out of retirement a year later to keep acting again. It’s a good thing he never officially retired because now is the right time for Terrence to call up his agent and see if there’s any way they can get a meeting with Cottonelle, to see how open they’d be to a $295,850.84 spokesman sponsorship deal for a couple of disposable wipes commercials. “Make sure you hustle germs away after things start to flow, with Cottonelle.”
Lastly, Steven Seagal, who is about as good at managing money as he is at martial arts. Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission hit Steven with a $300,000 bill for failing to disclose payment regarding a cryptocurrency deal. Now he owes $216,361.19 in unpaid taxes. Uncle Sam should probably expect a collect call from Russia, with Steven asking, “Uh…can I pay you in cryptocurrency?”
Of course, Courtney, Michael, Terrence, and Steven are far from the worst offenders. You can read the whole list here, and there are some people who owe upwards of several million dollars. So, those celebrities practically look like model citizens by comparison. And speaking of model citizens, Tori Spelling – who is no stranger to this list – appears to not be on it this year. Congratulations, Tori! She should throw a big party to celebrate. Whether or not she’ll be able to find a credit card with enough room on it to pay the DJ and the caterers is a whole other story.