Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'



Tax Troubles of the Rich and Famous

These 8 celebrities have tangled with the tax man

Old South Meeting House, Boston (Image Source/Istockphoto)

Spring 2014 Life@50+

Discover all the real possibilities AARP has to offer during Life@50+ in Boston.

When you’re rich and famous — but not careful about paying your income taxes, in full and on time — it’s easy to wind up a target of the IRS or state tax agencies.

Even celebrities find themselves on Uncle Sam’s radar when it comes to unpaid or owed taxes. The folks shown here are in their mid-40s or older, so they’re at a point in their lives when they likely planned to be on financial “Easy Street” — rather than sweating about overdue taxes and dealing with big money problems.

— Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

In 2011, it was revealed that Ozzy, now 64, and Sharon, 60, owed the IRS more than $2 million. The rocking duo had $357,071 in unpaid taxes from 2007, along with a tax bill of $718,948 from 2008 and $1.024 million in overdue taxes from 2009. The IRS put a tax lien on their home, but the home was never seized. Since then, the Osbournes have knocked down at least $700,000 of their tax debt. Sharon has also suggested that they’re watching their finances more closely — instead of relying on accountants and money managers.

— Brian J. Ritchie/Rex Features/AP

Dionne Warwick

The singer filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2013, telling a court she owed $10.7 million in federal and state taxes that she simply could not pay. Warwick’s IRS troubles have been well documented and go back to the 1990s. With her Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the 72-year-old performer hopes to put her tax woes behind her once and for all.

— Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Pamela Anderson

The former Baywatch beauty has struggled with tax problems for years. In December 2012, both the IRS and California authorities hit Anderson with two tax liens totaling more than $370,000. Anderson, 45, owes the feds $259,396 for unpaid taxes in 2011. She’s also facing a $112,119 tax lien from the Golden State for unpaid taxes for the same year.

— Luca Teuchmann/WireImage/Getty Images

Nicolas Cage

After teetering on the brink of financial ruin, and owing the IRS a whopping $14 million in taxes, Cage says he has settled down and is rebuilding his financial life in Sin City. In March 2013, the actor, who will turn 50 in January 2014, appeared on the Today show and said he now has “a simple life” in Las Vegas with his wife and young son. Last April, Cage paid $600,000 toward his tax debt, leaving him with about $6 million in taxes still outstanding.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Video Extra

PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT: Learn tips and tricks for setting up a retirement savings account to expand your nest egg.

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

the ultimate

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can earn 3% cash back on purchases with the AARP® Visa® Card from Chase.

Info on saving for education from AARP® College Savings Solutions from TIAA-CREF.

Searchable member discounts via AARP® Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app.

Get the most out of your AARP membership – opt-in to receive AARP emails today!


Hand holding credit cards

Pay Down Your Debt Challenge

Start your debt-free journey. Discuss


Savings Challenge

Have the gift of thrift? Share your tips. Discuss