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Chris Tucker offloads mansion to battle $11.5m tax bill

Rush Hour actor Chris Tucker offloads mansion to battle $11.5m tax bill

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:26 PM on 29th July 2010

Financial woes: Chris Tucker, pictured here in France in May, is facing a huge tax bill

Financial woes: Chris Tucker, pictured here in May, is facing a huge tax bill

Rush Hour star Chris Tucker is the latest Hollywood celebrity to run into trouble with the taxman.

According to documents filed on Tuesday by the Internal Revenue Service, the star owes $11,571,909.26 in federal taxes for the years 2001, 2002, and 2004 – 2006.

Tucker is now trying to sell the Florida mansion he bought for $6million in 2007 at a $4million loss, seemingly to combat his financial woes.

The 8861sqft faux-Tuscan home is listed at the knockdown price of $2million.

Located in Monteverde, an upmarket suburb of Orlando, the property sits on an acre of land and includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar, a library and pirate ship-themed home cinema.

Tucker also owns properties in California, including a 6,399sqft mansion in Tarzana’s exclusive gated Mulholland Park community.

This isn’t Tucker’s first run-in with the tax authorities.

In 2009, he had a $3,594,409 million claim filed against him by California state tax authorities for state taxes owed between the same dates.

Tucker was once one of the highest paid comedians in Hollywood, reportedly earning $20million for his role in the 2001 sequel to Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, and $25million in 2007 for Rush Hour 3.

For sale: The actor's Florida home is on the market for $2,000,000

For sale: The actor's Florida home is on the market for $2,000,000

Ahoy there: The property features a ship-themed screening room

Ahoy there: The property features a ship-themed screening room

Tucker is by no means the only A-lister to face problems with the IRS.

In December 2009, Nicolas Cage received a bill for $6,712,821.99 in unpaid taxes for 2008, which in addition to debts accrued in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007 took his total tax bill to $13,330,372.83.

In 2008, actor Wesley Snipes was convicted for three years on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns. 

Luxurious surrounds: One of the home's five lavish bedrooms

Luxurious surrounds: One of the home's five lavish bedrooms

Water views: The property sits on an acre of land

Water views: The property sits on an acre of land


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