The IRS loves leaning on rich people for tax evasion. Case in point, reports have surfaced that Lil' Jon (whose house was just foreclosed on in August) is on the hook for $638,000. It's certainly not easy to do taxes if you're a musician -- or any type of entertainer for that matter -- which is why the IRS has its own subsection dedicated solely to investigating the industry. That said, we wanted to see who the nastiest offenders were. Click through to find out who made the cut. 5. Nas - $2.5 million Between 2006 and 2007, Nas didn't bother paying his taxes. Why? Well, Kelis being a bother was certainly part of it, but we'd like to imagine it had something to do with the fact he dropped one of the most pretentiously named albums in hip-hop that year with Hip Hop is Dead. To prove his point, he made sure he didn't have any money to pay his taxes. Either that or Kelis just sucked up all his money in the divorce. 4. Ron Isley - $3.1 million For anyone out there who can't connect the dots, Ron Isley was one of the Isley Brothers, who had popular tunes like, "That Lady" and "For the Love of You." Apparently he had no love for the Internal Revenue Service, and skipped paying taxes, a penalty for which he was initially sentenced to 26 years in prison for, but they dropped it to 37 months. He probably argued that the IRS sent the collections letter to RON ISLEY instead of Ron Isley, therefore he didn't have to pay. 3. Marc Anthony - $3.5 million Last year, it was revealed Marc Anthony owed the IRS $3.5 million. Anthony makes around $11 million a year, while his wife, Jennifer Fucking Lopez makes $20 million a year. The only explanation we can come up for why he didn't pony up is the possibility Anthony has no idea what the unusual looking symbols on dollar bills actually mean. 2. Judy Garland - $4 million Somewhere over the rainbow, people don't have to pay taxes, but here in America, it's required. If you don't pay up, you pay the price. Our guess as to why she evaded? She was going off the theory that the IRS definition of "state" did not include Oz, and that her time there was therefore not eligible to be taxed. 1. Willie Nelson - $16.7 million Nope. That's not a typo; Nelson once owned $16 million to the IRS. To help him out, the IRS auctioned off a bunch of his goods, but most of it was purchased by fans and given back to him. He also signed over most of the profits to an album, titled, rather bluntly, The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories? The logical relationship would have something to do with weed and Nelson's inevitable forgetfulness, but, uh, what were we talking about?
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