Lionel Richie Owes $1.1 Million in Back Taxes

Lionel Richie

Presumably when Lionel Richie sang “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” in his 1984 hit, he wasn’t talking to the I.R.S. – but it may be the internal revenue service that’s calling him now.TMZ reports that it has documents showing that Richie owes the federal government more than $1.1 million in unpaid income tax for 2010.Though the I.R.S can come after Richie if he doesn’t pay up, it’s not likely to cause too much of a problem for the singer that is worth an estimated $200 million.In fact, he can probably just rely on the profits from his recently released record to foot the bill. Richie released his first country album, Tuskegee, last month, and the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums charts, kept out of the top spot only by Madonna’s new released album, MDNA.The album is the former Commodores member’s tenth solo record, and the title refers to the Alabama town where Richie was born and earned his undergraduate degree at the Tuskegee Institute. The album features Richie singing country duets with stars like Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson.

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