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2016 BET Awards Arrivals held at at the Microsoft Theater Featuring: Fat Joe, Lorena Cartagena Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 27 Jun 2016 Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/

Uncle Sam Says Bronx Rapper Didn’t Pay Taxes For Four Years

He’s just settled a lawsuit accusing him of underpaying Big Pun by at least $2 million and now it looks like Fat Joe’s finances may take another hit after the IRS hit the “Lean Back” rapper with a federal tax lien for $1.1 million.

Uncle Sam claims Fat Joe – real name Joseph Cartagena – owes a total of $1,186,001 for allegedly not paying taxes on his income from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014.

The IRS doesn’t play when it comes to collecting on debts, and if Joey Crack doesn’t settle the back taxes, the feds could seize his home, bank accounts and other assets.

It’s not the first time Fat Joe has had tax trouble. Back in 2010, the state of New Jersey hit him with a lien for $105,000, but he was able to pay it back, according to official records.

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Last week, we exclusively revealed that Fat Joe and his co-defendant Jelly’s Jam agreed to settle Big Pun’s widow’s breach of contract suit against them. As part of the case, an expert testified that he believed Fat Joe and Jelly’s Jam shorted Big Pun by at least $2 million.

Fat Joe, who served four months in a federal prison for tax evasion in 2013, has been enjoying a comeback recently, collaborating with Remy Ma, French Montana and Jay-Z for the song “All The Way Up,” and even performing it last weekend at the BET Awards.

We’ve reached out to Fat Joe’s rep for comment.


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