Recording Artist and Performer DMX Charged With Tax Fraud

Rapper DMX (aka Earl Simmons) was arrested in NY on 7/13/17 and charged with 14 separate counts of tax fraud and tax evasion for a multi-year scheme to hide millions in income from the IRS and pay $1.7m due in taxes. He faces 40 years in jail for not paying $1.7m in taxes incurred between 2002-2005 and did not file or pay tax for personal income tax returns (2010-2015) despite earning more than $2.3m.

DMX whose hits have included: “Its Dark and Hell is Hot,” “Gon’ Give it to Ya,” is alleged to intentionally avoid taxes by not having a personal bank account, creating bank accounts in names of others, and pay expenses in cash.

In the words of IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent James Robnett, “While most individuals file truthful tax returns and pay their debts the indictment against Simmons alleges tax crimes including that he failed to file personal tax returns for several years and did not pay his fair share of taxes”

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