Martin Scorsese Owes $2.85 Million in Back Taxes

Martin Scorsese has directed some of the most memorable movies of all time, with landmark films that include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. He's an acclaimed oscar-winner, but the IRS doesn't care, they want their $2.85 million in back taxes!

Martin Scorsese's Tax Debt

Scorsese lives a lavish lifestyle. Born in Queens, he resides in a $12 million upper east side town house. This $2.85 million debt isn't his first tax trouble.
For six months between 2002 and 2003, the IRS hit him with three liens that totaled nearly $1.9 million.

The next year, New York State obtained a $149,437 tax judgment against him. The prior taxes were paid in full, but now he has new and bigger tax problems to contend with.

The Tax Scammer

According to the New York Post an anonymous source blames all of Scorsese's tax woes on his accountant Kenneth Starr. Supposedly, involvement with this tax cheat as early as the 1990s is what lead to serious tax troubles.

Is Martin Scorsese a Victim?

If you've been following along, you'll not that Al Pacino also balmes his $188K in tax debt on Kenneth Starr.

A spokewoman for Scorsese, Leseless Dart, said the IRS lien is "a complete mistake" and that Scorsese no longer owes money to the IRS.

"The IRS prematurely filed this lien even though Mr. Scorsese had an agreement with the IRS to make payments and was fully complying," Dart said. "As of this moment, the entire amount is full paid, and he has no current IRS debts."

The Punishment

The IRS won't take any excuses. $2.85 million is owed, and they'll do everything possible to collect it. The IRS will swoop in any profit Scorsese makes on sale of real estate, and worse. I hope he knows it'll be better to pay his debt than fight the IRS.