When The Checks Stop Coming In: Ruben Studdard

- By Bossip Staff

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Newlywed Ruben Studdard owes Uncle Sam some dough:

Ruben Studdard, American Idol winner and central tenant in Birmingham’s proposed entertainment district, has been hit with federal and state property liens for allegedly failing to pay nearly $200,000 in state and federal taxes, according to court records. Studdard, a Birmingham native, owes the federal government $171,920 in unpaid income taxes, according to a lien filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He also owes $21,730 in state income taxes. The majority of Studdard’s unpaid taxes stem from 2003, the year he won American Idol, and a $1 million recording contract. He owes $19,581 in state income taxes and $163,836 in federal taxes for the period ended Dec. 31, 2003, court records show.

Damn, hopefully that broad from the Tip Drill video that he married isn’t a gold digger, otherwise this may get ugly.


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