Movie director Martin Scorsese and actor Al Pacino have separately been hit by the Internal Revenue Service with tax liens.
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Scorsese was slapped with a tax lien for $2.85 million from the IRS on February 14, according to the New York Post. Scorsese’s tax lien appears to be related to his former accountant, Kenneth Starr, who was convicted of fraud and sentenced last week to 90 months in prison (see Celebrity Accountant Starr Sentenced to 7-1/2 Years). The court-appointed receiver for Starr’s firm has filed suit against Scorsese’s production company Sikelia Productions for nearly $600,000 in unpaid fees for accounting, bookkeeping, tax prep, and personal management services, according to the Post.
The Oscar-winning director’s lawyers are contesting the claims.
Scorsese’s reps have also said that the “Goodfellas” director has paid off the IRS tax lien, in addition to earlier tax liens totaling nearly $1.9 million from 2002-2003.
Pacino is another former client of Starr who is also facing tax liens from the IRS. The IRS filed a lien for $188,283.50 against the “Godfather” actor for unpaid taxes from 2008 and 2009. Pacino’s representative told TMZ that he has a new business manager who will pay off the Academy Award-winning actor’s tax debts.