According to documents obtained by TMZ, the US Attorney’s Office in New York City is claiming DMX owes $1.7 million to the IRS. In a statement made by acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim, the rapper concealed money he made, in part, from 2003 smash hit “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
According the the US Attorney’s Office, DMX, whose name is Earl Simmons, hid the money in bank accounts that included his business managers’.
In all, the IRS is coming after DMX for 14 counts of tax evasion, which could carry as much as 44 years in prison if convicted. Aside from simply ducking the tax process altogether, having not filed returns from 2010-2015, DMX also allegedly broke the law when he had a check re-cut for his appearance on “Celebrity Couples Therapy” to not include taxes, according to a press release by the Department of Justice.
In his statement, Kim added, “Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes. 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 IRS.”
DMX took other steps to conceal his income from the IRS and others, including by filing a false affidavit that listed his income as “unknown” for 2011 and 2012, and as $10,000 for 2013, when he actually made somewhere around $250,000.
The rapper turned himself in to law enforcement on Thursday.
DMX, 46, had three albums in a row reach number one on the Billboard Charts from 1996-1999, with It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, and …And Then There Was X making the rapper a huge commercial success and a household name. Legal troubles, such as serving six months in jail for failing to provide child support, derailed his career. (Apparently there is a website called IsDmxInJail.com where you can find a simple answer to that question.) He had been planning a 20th Anniversary Ruff Ryders tour, to start September 7 in Miami, alongside legends Fat Joe, Swizz Beats and The Lox.