The Internal Revenue Service has filed tax liens totaling $2.1 million against Haitian born singer Wyclef Jean, who recently announced his plans to run for the presidency of his native country.
The IRS filed three tax liens against Jean for his 2006, 2007 and 2008 taxes, according to The Smoking Gun website. The agency filed the first lien in 2007 for $792,269, last July for $599,167 and in May of this year for $724,332. The 37-year-old singer, who was a member of the Fugees, has paid off earlier tax liens from New Jersey and New York for smaller amounts.
Jean now plans to run for the presidency of Haiti and said he would resign as leader of his charitable foundation, Yele Haiti, which has been providing aid to the country. In February, Jean hired RSM McGladrey to help with the nonprofit's finances after Jean faced questions over the charitys tax returns and financial expenditures in the wake of the Haitian earthquake (see Wyclef Jean Hires RSM McGladrey).
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