DMX was arrested on Thursday and charged with tax fraud, with the rapper accused of “engaging in a multi-year scheme to conceal” $1.7 million in tax liabilities from the Internal Revenue Service.
“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement. “While raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the
In total, the rapper is facing 14 counts of tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and corruptly trying to obstruct and impede the administration of IRS laws. He surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday, with a Manhattan federal court date to follow Friday.
If found guilty of all 14 charges – “one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of Internal Revenue Laws, one count of evasion of payment of income taxes, six counts of evasion of assessment of income tax liability and six counts of failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return” – DMX could face over 40 years in jail.