The "American Idol" crooner from Alabama ended up with property liens for failing to pay almost $200,000 in taxes between 2003 and 2005, the same year he won the TV contest. Court records cited by AP last year showed that he owed the federal government $171,920 in unpaid income taxes and $21,730 in state income taxes. Studdard's manager did not immediately return calls for comment.
Cute, fast and coordinated.But that didn't protect Castroneves, the Brazilian race car driver and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, from trouble with the IRS.
Castroneves last year paid $5 million in back taxes to the IRS, on $15 million of income parked in a Dutch annuity account, according to the Miami Herald. His lawyers claimed the oversight was a result of Castroneves' ignorance of US tax laws, while the prosecutors argued the racer intentionally evaded taxes, according to Sports Illustrated. Castroneves won the Indy 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009, making him one of the most successful racers in the world.
As Treasury Secretary, Geithner is not only in charge of managing the nation's economy, debt and currency, but he also oversees the IRS. Ironically, the 48-year-old Dartmouth graduate said he forgot to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes taxes for several years during his tenure at the International Monetary Fund. Not only did he fail to pay more than $17,000 of taxes owed in 2003 and 2004 that the IRS found out about during a routine audit in 2006, but he also owed almost $26,000 that the Obama transition team discovered while vetting him for the Treasury job. After he took responsibility for the mistake and told senators it was unintentional, he still got the job. He has since paid his back tax bill.
Creating a hugely successful soft-porn franchise, "Girls Gone Wild," doesn't get one out of paying taxes. Joe Francis, who started his company, Mantra Films, when he was just 24, and paid $249,705 in back taxes last year after the IRS accused him of filing false tax returns. David Houston, Francis' lawyer argued that Francis had been deceived by his accountant into filing the returns. "There was never any criminal intent on the part of Mr Francis," says Houston. After agreeing to make the payment and pleading guilty to a misdemeanor last fall, Francis issued a press release saying: "I am grateful that Judge Otero accepted my plea today."
ABC News' Rich Blake and Alice Gomstyn contributed to this report.