Hello: IRS Rains on Lionel Richie’s Sunny Spring With Tax Lien
Seems like an unfortunate confluence of events for singer Lionel Richie, who’s currently celebrating the release of his new album, “Tuskegee,” by being slapped with a tax lien by the Internal Revenue Service.
The lien for $1,130,609 is against the singer’s 12,000-square-foot mansion in the Beverly Hills real estate market. According to TMZ, Richie might be worth an estimated $200 million, but he risks losing the home he bought for $6 million in 1999.
The Alabama native has come a long way since he soared to stardom by lending his melodic voice as frontman for the Commodores. And since he went solo in 1982, the artist racked up a series of Billboard hits that have become easy-listening classics. Over the years, Richie stuck by his Motown roots, even as the music industry embraced disco and rap. Richie calls his new series of duets with country & western artists on “Tuskegee” an embrace of his old-school style with a nod toward his South and his Alabama childhood.
When he isn’t singing to adoring fans around the world, Richie kicks back in his 1929 Italian Renaissance Revival mansion that boasts 6 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. It was here that Richie’s adopted daughter, Nicole, was wed in a garden ceremony in December 2010.
Given Richie’s wealth and command of passionate signing, he’ll probably be able to stroke the check and tell the IRS to … sail on.