Rapper DMX is back behind bars after running afoul of America's Internal Revenue Service. The 46-year-old NY native is charged with scheming to conceal $1.7 million in back taxes from the IRS.

The rapper was arrested Thursday and charged with income tax fraud -- a charge that carries a sentence of 44 years in federal prison if convicted.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York claims the "X Gon' Give It to Ya" hitmaker concealed his income for years.

In documents obtained by gossip tabloid TMZ, officials charged DMX, real name Earl Simmons, with using the bank accounts of associates instead of his own to hide his earnings. So far, no one else is charged in the scheme.

The embattled hip-hop star performed with Sean Combs in his Bad Boy Reunion tour last October before entering a drug rehab treatment center in Southern California in April 2017.

When the news of his latest rehab stay first hit the headlines, the rapper's manager Pat Gallo confirmed the star would be taking time off to "focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer", according to

Gallo added, "We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support."

DMX is seen in a 2013 police booking photo after his arrest for an outstanding warrant while driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana in Greer, South Carolina.

  • Rayne

    Earl is looking bad. Damn.

  • Nophace

    Damn X! I pray this brother finds that inner peace that he needs

  • Peter Piper ATL

    This is no surprise. DMX was very candid about hiding money from the feds. Strangely, he doesn't seem to understand that talking so openly about dodging the Tax Man breaks the cardinal rule of the streets: don't snitch, and certainly don't snitch on yourself. After years spent on the streets as a dealer, and a junkie, X should have known better.

    My money is on one of his female "friends" turning him in. Whispers have it that he was messing around with some country bumpkin chick who developed expensive tastes and then when X tried to pull away, she did a 180 and started stalking and threatening him. She's probably the one who put the po-po on him.

    No matter what stupid acts he commits, or stupid things he says, you just can't help rooting for X--and hope he comes out on top.

    But I swear this nigga stays getting in the way of himself.

  • JerseyMom

    Three things I don't mess with: The I, the R or the S.

  • Scromes1212

    So true. This brother is a addict. He needs rehab, not jail.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    JUST When he trying to get his life on track every time something comes up

  • Scromes1212

    Hate this for X but the IRS don't play. Don't think he will get 40 years but this could lead to jail time. I don't agree with going back dam near 15 years to build a case but it's the law, for now.

  • tintin

    Gosh, these celebrities definitely make it seem as if having money and fame is the worst thing in the world. They end up broke, crackheads, felons, etc. Maybe just being regular without all the glitz and glamour ain't all that bad when you look at the lives and hardships of these celebrities.

  • Scromes1212

    This will make his recovery even harder smh

  • hotntot95

    Wheeew...that Beyonce post ran me off..
    ....DMX can't catch a break...the irs about to treat him worse than them drugs...

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  • ShWa

    Woo he is about to get it about those taxes they don't play!

  • ShWa

    Fr, they stay owing the IRS!

  • JV

    "DMX is seen in a 2013 police booking photo after his arrest for an outstanding warrant while driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana in Greer, South Carolina."

    So that picture up there isn't even current? He may be looking WORSE NOW? Oh my goodness, he's doing some hard stuff then. He was back then too!

  • Miami8981

    This is a tough break for him. I was hoping he would clean up from the thirst for drugs and he just had a baby I believe last year. I have to admit when I heard he was having a new baby I asked myself what woman in her right mind would have a baby with a repeated hardcore drug user and one who repeatedly offends the law. Who would do that knowing you have no future with him because it's not going to end well?

  • 100milesperhour

    His mind is diseased. I don't feel bad for him. This country is built off the backs of the working, middle-class in the form of income taxes, & Mr. Crackhead hides his $ while the 1 percenters find loopholes. For him to owe that much means he's earned a lot more. Working class man sees damn near 1/3 of his money extracted before it touches his hands.

  • Mbailey

    I LIKE big nostrils and I just can't lie! (Sung to baby got back)

  • Soda

    Name four things the IRS is gon' make DMX do.

  • Lisa daniels

    1st, who snitched and why?
    2nd, Get it together, Earl.
    Tis all

  • Disqus_year4016

    44 years? Don't think he should DO all that Time for no tax money that's stupid. Let him pay some money back and keep it moving. 44 years is a murderers sentence. Pedophiles don't even get that much time.
    The reason y people hide they earnings from the government because they greedy. They don't even want u to live. Y should he have to pay taxes when he worked hard for his money? The government should be working since they want to hit people with high cost money taxes that they didn't help them to get. They should tax homeless people. Let me guess the government ain't going to come for your pockets if u eating out of garbage cans, they only come when u got money, that's sad.

  • Soda

    I heard on the radio yesterday that when he received his check from a reality show he was on, he noticed taxes were taken out so he made them reissue the check to include that amount.

  • Anunnaki

    Dam shame he ain't even Lawfully required to pay that chyt,

  • Ni Ni

    IRS please leave Uhl (earl) be. All he wants to do is smoke his crack in peace?.

  • Scromes1212

    I caught that on the radio also. I think that's what made the IRS go so hard. They don't like when you play with them.

  • Dee

    A crackhead for sure?

  • Keisha Hannah

    Another crackhead...

  • BlahBlahBlah

    Slavery by another name, Lock our culture up by any means. Certainly, all other cultures in the entertainment industry must payall their taxes (on time), model citizens, don't smoke marijuana? Yeah right.

  • Roderick2011

    He and Mayweather are going to share a jail cell.


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    This clown deserves what he gets.

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  • Justlooknout

    DAMN he will not be on rough rider tour.

    DAMN DAMN DAMN.........

  • Renee26

    Mayweather will pay his

  • Renee26

    Since the age of's sad

  • Roderick2011

    He can't count so I hope someone helps him.

  • Justlooknout

    But he did earn....get out stage and growling has to be hard work. Going from city to city. REAL TALK

    He just happens to have a drug problem. Praying for the best for him.

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  • Renee26

    LMAO hot tears!

  • Justlooknout

    It's probably the only thing that will save his life.

  • Latisaj

    I just need to take him home and feed him and take him to service on Sunday. He'll be alright!!

  • Crazy tee

    Probably the first wife Tashera. This is what happens when men leave the woman who would have held him down and made sure everything (finances were straight)....

  • You already know ?

    But you have a racist orange head pervert sitting in the White House,who hasn't payed taxes since god knows when!..?????

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  • 4RGSpot

    Huh????? Karen from "Housewives of Potomac" husband owes $4.5 million to the IRS and he's not in jail along with him?

  • lil goodie

    Sorry to say.. but this could be GOD'S blessing... time in prison may save his life and really make him better... hes always been in and out of rehab... hasnt worked cause he can check himself out.. but jail.... you gotta stay..PRAYERS and blessings sent to you X...

  • OP2

    That is because at least $1.6 of the 1.8mil in the house sold was used completely satisfy their personal tax debt owed. Therefore, the only thing left are taxes owed on his business. Taxes were paid each year, except not enough was paid.

    There is a big difference between a known jailed criminal and someone else owing taxes. -when you have a good tax lawyer and are actively working with the IRS to immediately set up realistic goals to pay off the debt, it can keep you out of jail or prison.

    Another difference which is not included in this article: I read that X got mad at employers who withheld normal taxes from his paycheck . He would go returned the checks & demand the entire amount be written as promised. LOL

    -now he owes that amount and then some.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Well...I don't think so hun. She's been through worse with him and stuck by him. Besides, he still helps her out tremendously. She's an ugly woman, but she knows better than to shoot the horse she's riding on.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    DMX has earned a lot of money, no doubt about that. You're talking about somebody who has been in the game for 20 years. He's still a huge star and can get a minimum 5 figures for any appearance.

    But he doesn't trust a lot of people. I don't care how much money you have, you gotta trust somebody. X is not a money manager.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    LOL. Not the growling. Well, he's had a lot of hits. He can eat off those for awhile.

    But he is definitely a junkie. He was since the beginning. The labels tried to hide it but you can't keep that kinda stuff secret because the artists themselves tend to expose their own doings anyway.

    I hope X gets himself together. He's too old for all this jail stuff. His face is an indicator of how rough living and drugs and alcohol can wear you down. Very sad.

    Just imagine what his body is going through on the inside.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    He's been to rehab. I hate to admit this on a message board but I have always assumed X was suicidal, and I'm privy to info that confirms that. People assume a lot of things but this man is broken. He feels let down, and he feels he's let others down.

    X is in need of some serious prayer.

  • Unhappy American

    He will definitely be clean now


    AMEN! I have been thinking this way bout him for years.

  • VM

    ?? You are in detention for the remainder of the day.

  • Liah

    Indeed!!...I was thinking the same thing...Prayers going up for DMX

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I LOVE DMX!!!

  • NovemberFling

    My heart is so heavy for this man. I just want to see him WIN in all arenas of life. But it seems that the devil's descendants just won't let him. I remember the infamous prayers he'd do at his concerts back when the Ruff Ryders was at their peak.......and before he'd leave the stage, he'd bare his naked soul and expose all of his wounds in front of that huge audience and pray. Those prayers inspired me indescribably during my childhood. I've never wanted someone I've never met to win at life the way I want X to.

  • Faithz

    I hope he gets himself together, He's a good Rapper
    and can act as well, the devil is a liiar.

  • Faithz

    Trump as well if he don't get his Taxes together.

  • Quitedeliteful

    "Uhl" -- LOLOLLOLL!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I like DMX but he really needs to get it together.... That crack has been his absolute downfall....

  • 4RGSpot

    It's so ashamed but it makes sense.

  • RashawnsGirl

    I had to log in just to consign this. The man is crazy talented and his soul and his connection to god comes out through his music. I think truly annoited people have the most demons. Its as if the devil knows how pure their hearts are so he goes after them even harder. The man is an orator of god but the devil wants him and so far he's winning. Always been an X fan and I SOOO want him to win! I feel like he's family!

  • pure_rachet

    He posted bond so he's out. He actually looked sober after court when paps asked him questions.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Poor Earl....

  • OP2

    Every case is different.

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  • Malcom Flex

    I can't stand middle aged crackheads who keep lying about that shit! He's so cracked out ! I hate broke crackheads they steal, first, from their families!! We black people gotta do better and stop coddling them. Who I feel sorry for are his kids and grandkids!!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Crack is Wack, but not for DMX! Hope he get's it together.

  • Chicagowise

    He's a rapper. It's in his DNA to dumb ish.

  • Sorry_Not_Sorry

    Maybe could it be a turning point but there is also drugs and crimes there too so it may or may not help

  • Ladyvil

    DMX, those of us awake know this is 'govt' BS!!

    Stay up brother an those of us in the truth will continue to pray for you!!

  • Ladyvil

    This is definitely 'illuminati'/govtgovt BS!

  • Ladyvil

    Let's please continue to pray for him.....this is Satan's (govt) work!!

  • Ro