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O.J. Simpson’s Continuing Tax Problems

Even though O.J. Simpson is in prison, he just can’t stay out of tax trouble. Once again he is on the receiving end of tax liens, this time for unpaid 2011 Income Taxes in Miami-Dade County, Florida. O.J. Simpson’s latest tax problems are yet another act in the ongoing legal drama surrounding the former athlete.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in a Nevada prison for a 2007 armed robbery in a casino hotel room where some of his personal sports memorabilia was being offered for sale. Although he earns very little income as an inmate, he continues to receive an NFL pension estimated at approximately $19,000 per month. Internal Revenue’s most recent income tax lien is in the amount of $17,015.99. An earlier lien, filed last year, addressed $179,437 in unpaid taxes on Simpson’s Kendall, Florida, home from 2007 to 2010.

The troubled former Buffalo Bills football player looked to be leading a charmed life at one point: he had a beautiful wife and children, his gridiron career was followed by acting roles in the popular “Naked Gun” movies, sportscasting, and appearances in the popular Hertz Rent-a-Car commercials which depicted him running through an airport terminal. All of that came to a crashing halt in 1994, when he was charged with the brutal murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Although Simpson was acquitted of the crime after a high-profile criminal trial, he later lost a civil wrongful death suit brought by the Goldman family in 1997.

Fast forward to 2007, another notoriously bad year for Simpson. In February, a Los Angeles District Court judge ordered Simpson’s earnings and royalties from movies, television and commercials be redirected to the Goldman family. Later that year, the Goldmans purchased the copyright, media rights, and movie rights to Simpson’s book, “If I Did It”, from a Bankruptcy court trustee. And in September, he faced 10 criminal counts in relation to the incident in Las Vegas, including armed robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to kidnap. Simpson has been serving time in Nevada since 2008, without possibility of parole until 2017. Hopefully, he’ll have his tax troubles under control by then.