April means tax filing season is upon us – and even celebrities can't escape it.
Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to one year in prison after pleading guilty to $1.7 million in tax fraud. Prosecutors said he hid his income in bank accounts held by his friends and business manager and even threatened to quit appearing on a reality TV show unless his paycheck did not withhold any taxes.
"Today's sentence shows that star power does not entitle people to a free pass," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. "Together with our partners at the IRS, we will vigorously enforce our tax laws to make sure that people pay their fair share."
DMX is not the only public figure to run afoul of Uncle Sam in the runup to tax filing deadline this month. Pop star Cardi B ranted on Instagram about her hefty tax bill, which she estimated at 40 percent of her income. But the singer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, said she's seen little return: New York streets remain dirty, rats run around the subway, and she claimed that prisoners only receive two pairs of underwear.