“Taxes? We Don’t Pay No Steenkin’ Taxes”

Especially not today!

The Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien in the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. That’s not too too unusual.

The IRS automatically has the lien as soon as it notifies a taxpayer of back taxes owed. If the taxpayer neglects or refuses to pay the debt on time, the IRS then files a Notice of Federal Tax Lien to alert creditors that the government has a legal right to all of that taxpayer’s property. All of it.

Robert De Niro was hit with an IRS lien for $6.4 million. Martin Scorsese for $2.85 million. Al Pacino for $188,000. Melissa Harris-Perry for about $70,000. These were for delinquent taxes.

Ms. Harris-Perry hosts MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry weekend morning show. She holds an endowed Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at her alma mater, Wake Forest. In case you haven’t heard Ms. Harris-Perry on the air, here are a few quotes:

“American tourism will ruin Cuba.”
“The term ‘ObamaCare’ is racist.”
“Rich people don’t pay their fair share of taxes.”
We “plan to pay off [our outstanding] tax debt as quickly as possible.”

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Ms. Harris-Perry said that she and her husband plan to pay off the rest of the tax debt as quickly as possible.

Oddly there were about 38,900 results in a Google news search for Ms. Harris-Perry. MSNBC is not listed in the search results as covering the story. Not once.


She’s not the first MSNBC in dutch with the IRS. MSNBC darling the “Rev.” Al Sharpton also has more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens. Of course, Mr. Sharpton doesn’t pay anyone. Not travel agencies, not hotels, and especially not landlords. Seems like Mr. De Niro, Mr. Scorsese, Mr. Pacino, and Ms. Harris-Perry are more like Mr. Sharpton than we realized.