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MC Hammer Says He Has Receipt for the $800,000 He Paid to IRS

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by Barry Burch Jr.

His name is MC Hammer and he is still paid.  At least according to him, he is, anyway.

There was a rumor going around that the rapper owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $800,000 in back taxes.  To that MC Hammer said no way.

Hammer, 51, attempted to clear things up through way of his Twitter account for which he has 300 million followers.

“I put over 5 million dollars in my account asked the IRS how much do you want?  They put it in writing, I paid them and got a receipt,” tweeted the rapper.

According to an article posted by TMZ, Hammer and girlfriend Stephanie were sued by the IRS for $798,033.48 in back taxes recently.  The reason: income earned back in 1996 and 1997.  And this is not the first sign of financial woe for the rapper since his initial highly publicized bankruptcy.  In 2011, it was alleged that Hammer was being sued for $779,585 in back taxes from 1996 and 1997, as reported by Mail Online.

A lot has changed since “2 Legit 2 Quit.”

MC Hammer, born Stanley Burrell, experienced almost unprecedented success in the early 1990s.  From there he became a preacher.  He led a television ministry called “MC Hammer and Friends” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Hammer was reportedly worth more than $33 million at the peak of his career.  However, the rapper eventually spent it all on various luxuries and repaying incredible debts.

In 2011, Hammer again took to twitter to express the untruth about his financial hardships, saying he had the receipt of payment in his possession.

“700k … Don’t get too excited .. I paid them already and kept my receipt. Stamped by a US Federal Judge,” he wrote in 2011.

Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics.  Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com 

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  1. The IRS does not usually sue individuals for back taxes. They just make your life virtually unbearable through collection actions such as "liens" and "levy" none of which can be substantiated by any Title 26 United States Code Section and corresponding implementing regulation in Title 26 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). All such regulations in the CFR are in Title 27 having to do with the manufacturing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. So, unless MJ (or Snoop) was engaged in any of those revenue producing activities, the IRS just put another fast one over on an American who believes s/he is liable of income taxes.

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