R&B Singer R. Kelly Owes IRS Nearly $5 Million in Back Taxes, Faces Possible Jail Sentence [VIDEO]

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R&B Singer R. Kelly reportedly owes the IRS nearly $5 million dollars in unpaid taxes.

Common sense tells most people if we don’t pay our taxes we will face prosecution and possibly jail, and if you’re a celebrity Uncle Sam is no different.

R. Kelly is the latest IRS casualty and his tax demise has been 7 years in the making, which is why he reportedly owes $4.8 million.

Here’s the breakdown by year:

2005 – $1,472,366.77
2006 – $710,520.51
2007 – $376,180.11
2008 – $1,122,694.90
2009 – $173,815.18
2010 – $992,495.24

According to sources, R. Kelly (real name Robert Kelly), 44, was recently trying to get funding just to release more chapters of “Trapped in the Closet,” which interestingly began in 2005 when his tax issues started.

A rep for R. Kelly stated, “R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”

Kelly’s rep did not offer an explanation for why he stopped paying taxes seven years ago.

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