DMX can’t seem to catch a break. After serving time in federal prison for tax evasion, the State of New York is now reportedly seeking almost $225,000 in back taxes from the Hip Hop legend.
According to Bossip, the state of New York’s Division of Taxation has filed a tax warrant against X, alleging he owes a total of $224,845 in state income taxes. X has had tax warrants from the state before. In 2018, the state issued a lien against him for $20,030.26 and again in 2014 for $230,409.74.
X’s longtime attorney Murray Richman doesn’t sound too worried about it, noting it isn’t a new set of unpaid taxes.
“That’s a state warrant arising out of the old case,” Richman reportedly said. “He’s been charged with a federal warrant years ago. This is the same case, but this is the state aspect of that warrant, that’s all. It’s not something new, it’s not for new acts at all.
“We’re working on resolving it. We will, of course, eventually resolve it, which we’ve done in the past because we resolved the IRS situation. We’ll work out a payment schedule, work out a real number and we’ll be there. Earl [Simmons] is not trying to avoid his responsibilities.”
The “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” rapper pleaded guilty to tax evasion in November 2017 and was sentenced to one year behind bars. He ultimately walked out of West Virginia’s Gilmer Federal Correctional Facility last year. He was also ordered by a judge to pay $2.3 million in restitution following the case.