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R. Kelly owes $4.8 million in back taxes

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R. Kelly has not received too many love letters from his creditors.

The troubled R&B star owes just more than $4.8 million in back taxes, according to documents held by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. The singer allegedly stopped paying his taxes in 2005.

"R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied," a representative for Kelly said Thursday. No explanation was added for why Kelly stopped paying his taxes.

Though Kelly has made some efforts to get up to date, paying $2.6 million in back taxes in 2008 and more than $1 million in back taxes last year, he still owes the federal government more than $4.8 million, the records state.

He owes $1.47 million for 2005, $710,000 for 2006, $380,000 for 2007, $1.12 million for 2008, $170,000 for 2009 and $990,000 for 2010, the records state.

Kelly spokesman Allan Mayer didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday. But speaking after Kelly's foreclosure troubles emerged last summer, he insisted the star didn't have any serious money problems.

But Kelly -- purveyor of sexually charged pop and hip-hop and acquitted in a child pornography trial in 2008 (four years ago yesterday, in fact) -- has had other money problems, too.

He also stopped paying the mortgage on his south suburban Chicago mansion more than a year ago. The result: a $2.9 million foreclosure lawsuit against the singer, and the Olympia Fields mansion went on the market in December for $1.6 million.

In 2011, Kelly's old-school R&B album, "Love Letter," earned a Grammy nomination; after recovering from throat surgery last year, he's due to release the follow-up, his 11th album, next month. He still performs regularly.

In March, the IFC network announced it had greenlit more episodes of Kelly's bizarre cultural landmark, "Trapped in the Closet," an urban operetta about tangled and twisted sexual exploits.

The list of music celebrities who've been in hot water with the government over back taxes is long and includes Lil Wayne, Willie Nelson and, just last week, Lauryn Hill.

Contributing: Kim Janssen, Steve Warmbir


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This P.O.S. (if I have to tell you what tha stands for I feel sorry for you already) should be in prision with the rest of the cheats. What a piece of garbage but yet those people will line up to see him and then go back to their homes in Englewood and complain the "man" is keeping them down. LOL!!!!

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