Ja Rule and his wife, Aisha Atkins, were alleged to owe the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about $3 million in delinquent taxes earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors have filed a complaint against the pair, alleging that they owe the government unpaid taxes from 2005 to 2010, as well as from 2012 to 2017.
Ja was sentenced to 28 months in jail in 2011 for failing to file tax filings with the IRS.
Regardless of the charges, the rapper stated that he, “he pays a lot of taxes, millions of dollars worth of taxes I felt I owed them a little more.” He blames his financial problems on his breakup with Murda Inc.
Fortunately for the rapper, he’s supposedly reached an agreement with Uncle Sam to pay off his $3 million debt in one check, avoiding any jail time.
Ja Rule, née Jeffery Atkins, and his wife Aisha have been doing everything they can to settle their tax obligation and avoid doing any additional time in prison, according to court records obtained by newspapers.
“As of October 12, 2020, plus statutory interest and additions to tax accruing after that date for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 tax years,” federal lawyers wrote in the filing, “plus statutory interest and additions to tax accruing after that date for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 tax years.”
According to the IRS, the couple owes past taxes for ten years, five from 2005 to 2010 and five more from 2012 to 2017.
The following is a breakdown: $267,193 (2008), $198,817.99 (2009), $47,901.53 (2010), $128,926.37 (2012), $116,720.65 (2013), $229,577.62 (2014), $212,270.42 (2015), $526,431.46 (2016) and $187,188.52 (2017).
They signed the agreement on May 21, but it must be approved by a court before it becomes legal.
There’s no news yet on how the long-married pair will pay off their large debt, or whether they’ll require a payment plan.
They’re in the clear for the time being, pending approval.