Wyclef Jean Owes IRS More Than $5 Million: Report

Wyclef JeanNews regarding Wyclef Jean’s financial woes, specifically unpaid taxes, has surfaced on the heels of his announcement that he will enter the presidential race in Haiti.

According to CBSNews.com, Jean (real name: Nel W. Jean) allegedly owes more than $5.2 million in back taxes in the U.S., for unpaid dues to the Federal IRS and states liens in New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Since this news surfaced, more liens have been reported by The Smoking Gun.

TSG reports that Jean and his wife Marie Claudinette have filed to pay taxes from 2006 through 2008, totaling more than $2.1 million on his Saddle River Borough property.

This is the second time in less than a year that Wyclef has come under scrutiny for his financial dealings.

Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January, the musician’s Yele Haiti Foundation came under fire for allegedly spending monies in the past for things other than providing for his native country.

During the years of 2005 to 2007, according to federal tax returns, Clef and his business partner paid themselves around $410,000 for “”rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert.”

Wyclef denied the allegation, claiming he’d never take money for personal reasons from the non-profit.

“I never and would ever take money for my personal pocket when it comes to Yele,” he said. “So not only do I denounce all that, I’m disgusted by that.”

Since the Haiti earthquake, Yele Haiti has reportedly collected millions of dollars from people all over the world.

  1. It’ll hurt his election 4 president,Even His Former Bandmate Pras don’t think he’s ready for president

  2. Can’t pay his fuckin taxes and he wants to be president. Can’t be honest with the U.S. Government how the fuck will he be honest with Haiti. Keep fuckin with the IRS they will have yo ass in jail, talk to Wesley Snipes, Young Buck, they’ll tell you what them folks will do. They’ll come to Haiti and snatch yo ass up boi.


  4. If Wyclef Jean becomes the next president of Haiti, he has a really hard task to fullfill. There is really a lot of work to do to build up the country again from scratch and help the people to get some wealth. For them it would be important to be more popular for tourists as their neigbouhr country the dominican rebuplic.

  5. I am not sure if Wyclef Jean will be a good president for Haiti. Only because you are famous doens’t mean you are a good politican. Or maybe you are a politican but that doesn’t make you a valuable leader. I am really looking forward to see what he is making with the country. In the end Arnold doesn’t make a too bad job in California.

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