IRS Directs Scorsese to Pay Millions in Back Taxes

Martin Scorsese owes nearly $3 million in back taxesWhen it comes to squaring with the tax man, Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese is apparently no good fella. He owes almost $3 million in back taxes, and an IRS lien is seeking the director's cut, according to reports.

Scorsese's publicist called the lien a "mistake," saying the famed filmmaker has paid all his IRS debts. We hesitate to make a big production out of all this, but there are too many powerful Hollywood types with the taint of tax evasion to ignore. Wesley Snipes and Nicolas Cage top the marquee in a cast of accused and convicted luminaries who weren't ready for their IRS close-up.And now the revered icon whom industry folks refer to as Marty has perhaps landed on Uncle Sam's wanted list.The trouble started on Valentine's Day, when the IRS delivered a $2.85 million overdue notice to Scorsese, according to the New York Post. The bill reached a wider audience after it was recorded Feb. 25 by New York City's Department of Finance. Now the IRS is in a position to profit from any real estate transaction by Scorsese, who lives in a $12 million Manhattan townhouse, the tabloid added.

Scorsese's IOU to the government might be traced in part to deals gone bad with convicted Ponzi schemer Kenneth Starr, the daily surmised, citing a source.

This could be a sequel of sorts for the 68-year-old Scorsese. In 2002 and 2003, the IRS declared three liens totaling almost $2 million against the Shutter Island director. Then New York State got in on the act, collecting $149,437 in overdue taxes.

Records indicate that he paid all his debts, the Post said. But now he might have a bigger blockbuster embarrassment on his hands. If he does indeed owe the tax man again, the color of money won't matter. Only that he pay it back.

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