Celebrities With Delinquent Taxes

The most recent list of California’s top 500 tax delinquents included some well-known celebrities. Some of these celebrities have had tax problems in the past, some of them are new to the list. The following five celebrities have all found their names on the latest list for 2018.

Chris TuckerChris Tucker

There was a time when Chris Tucker was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He is well known for his roles in Friday as well as the Rush Hour film series. In addition to acting, in the 1990s he frequently performed at Def Comedy Jam as a stand-up comedian. In 2014, Chris Tucker had a $2.5 million lien against him in Georgia which he blamed on “poor accounting and business management”. He settled that tax debt, but is now listed on the latest list of California’s top 500 tax delinquents. It is reported that he now owes the state of California more than $1.2 million in unpaid taxes.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling is an actress, reality TV personality, author, wife, and mother of 5 children. In her first major TV role, she played Donna Martin in the American teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. In 2009 she released her autobiography, Stori Telling, which made the New York Times Best Seller List. Tori Spelling, along with her husband, Dean McDermott, have had a history of financial problems in the past several years. They currently owe the state of California $282,655 in unpaid personal tax.


Born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, he is most widely known by his stage name of Xzibit. Xzibit is a television host, actor, and rapper. He raps almost entirely about his own personal experiences, drawing on many tragic events in his life. He got his start working with rappers like Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dog. As an actor, he is well known for his role in Empire, an American drama series. Xzibit made the most recent list of top 500 tax delinquents in the state of California. It is reported that he has unpaid taxes amounting to $231,579.

Nick Cassavetes

The American actor and director, Nick Cassavetes, got his start as an actor when as a child he appeared in the films Husbands, and A Woman Under the Influence; both of these films were directed by his father, John Cassavetes. He eventually went on to appear in a number of other films, including Backstreet Dreams, The Astronaut’s Wife, Face/Off, and The Wraith. He’s also directed many films, including The Notebook, She’s So Lovely, Unhook the Stars, and My Sister’s Keeper, among others. Nick Cassavetes made the 2018 list of Top 500 tax delinquents, owing California $252.950 in back taxes.

Macy Gray

Macy Gray, born Natalie Renee McIntyre, is a singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. She has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one. Gray’s debut album became a multi-platinum album, and she’s probably best known for the single “I Try” which was on this album. In addition to the six studio albums she’s released, Macy Gray … Read More

San Francisco Improves Self Service Tax Portal

Not every upgrade of a municipality’s infrastructure is genuinely newsworthy. In some ways, the recent announcement by the City of San Francisco that it has streamlined and improved its self service tax payment portal falls into this category of announcement. In ordinary circumstances, this would hardly be news at all.

When one considers the pride with which this news is conveyed by by the city, however, an interesting backstory suggests itself. Their description of this new tax payment system speaks about how citizens can go online, search for various meta-terms which will call up all of their tax payment history and billing, and then generate a single standardized form which will permit them to easily pay their taxes with it.

Conversely, the new system also allows people to quickly and easily make their tax payments online. As an added bonus, the system also automatically generates friendly reminders about when tax payments are due and provides for various other forms of consciousness raising that will, as they say, help reduce late payments and other forms of mistakes made by the general public, such as perhaps paying the right sum towards the wrong account.

While all of these things are admirable, one large question pops up when one thinks about the whole idea that San Francisco, High Priestess of the high-tech world, is just now setting up a system capable of doing these things. Far from being revolutionary, this is actually a case of someone playing catch-up to the rest of the world– which has been utilizing similar technologies for years. What sort of system have Bay Area taxpayers been suffering under prior to this new rollout?

San Francisco has apparently been working on updating their previous system since April of 2016 and serendipitously managed to have it up and running in time for the unexpected flood of business that came at the end of 2017, when the President’s new tax bill changed the way in which local tax payments were treated for federal tax purposes. Given the drastic decrease in the deductibility of these payments for the 2018 calendar year and beyond, many Bay Area residents rushed to pay their taxes before the close of business on December 31st, 2017 to take advantage of one last writeoff before the new tax regime became law.

To its credit, the new system, which replaced and unified four older platforms, performed extremely well. It handled an eight-fold surge in self service tax payments compared to the usual sedate pace of payments at the end of a calendar year. The chaos and recrimination that would have ensued in the event of any glitches cropping up would have been ruinous, so the long horizon which the city employed on its deployment schedule has proven the wisdom of the idea that a patient approach on such a key part of the city’s basic IT infrastructure is better than rushing a buggy system into action prematurely.

In that regard, the IT planners who designed and built the new … Read More