Who Owes the IRS? The Answer: A Host of MSNBC Hosts and a Sex Museum

dollar-551932_640If you owe the IRS back taxes, don’t beat yourself up. Just do the right thing and work it out with your tax attorney. In the meantime, know that you are not alone.

The Washington Post has written about a host of non-paying MSNBC hosts. And Accounting Today has revealed that sex doesn’t pay. Well, New York’s Museum of Sex doesn’t pay the IRS.  

According to the Washington Post, four popular current and ex-MSNBC hosts owe New York State and the IRS back taxes. At the top of the list is Touré Neblett, co-host of The Cycle. According to the article, the afternoon program co-host “owes nearly $60,000 in taxes to New York State.”

Quoting the New York Times, the Washington Post also wrote about Al Sharpton, also an MSNBC host saying he “ran a delinquent nonprofit organization with a calculated $4.5 million due in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.” 

If you do owe back taxes and have the right qualifications, one of which might just be your debt to the IRS, you might look into existing opportunities at MSNBC. Maybe you would be eligible to host a show.

Continuing on, the Washington Post also states that “MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, had been socked with a $70,000 IRS tax lien.” The article added that, “Harris-Perry said that more than $21,000 of that amount had been paid.” And, lastly, “Joy-Ann Reid, a former MSNBC host and managing editor of thegrio.com, and her husband were slapped with a nearly $5,000 tax warrant from New York state.” 

In an effort to bring a bit of levity to the situation after tax season, which is rarely a laughing matter, I find Accounting Today’s story about New York City’s Museum of Sex pretty humorous. According to the article the museum “hasn’t paid any sales taxes for four years and is now facing an $82,192 tax lien from state tax authorities.” As the article continues, “The problem stems from discounts that the museum offered to group coupon sites such as Groupon and Living Social.”

Here’s the kicker. According to the article, “the discount sites generated much of the business for the museum in recent years, and according to a spokesperson, they were expecting the sites to charge the sales tax once the vouchers were redeemed. However, other museums that use Groupon and Living Social aren’t facing tax liens.” One may wonder why. It could just be as the article states, that, “the items for sale in the gift shop for most other museums are reportedly a lot different from the toys available at the Museum of Sex.”

So, once again, I know many people come to the end of tax season with a pit in their stomach knowing they owe taxes. It may be a burden, however, there is always a solution when you work with a reputable tax professional. And sometimes, despite the gnawing pit and the burdens, you just have to laugh in the face of it all.