At one point MC Hammer was one of the biggest music stars on the planet. His 1990 album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em spawned the megahit “U Can’t Touch This,” and the LP has gone nearly double diamond. A quarter century later, Hammer is now just as famous for his financial collapse as he is for his oversized pants and typewriter dance.
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Hammer filed for bankruptcy in 1996, and it seemed the Oakland native’s problems with the IRS were settled in 2007 when he paid off a $1.4 million debt to the government. But reports began to circulate in late 2013 that Hammer still owed $798,033 in back taxes, and TMZ is now reporting Uncle Sam is still looking for even more funds from Hammer.
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According to the site, the IRS is seeking $1.4 million from Hammer for penalties and interest on the ’96 tax delinquency. Hammer has apparently filed legal documents asking a judge to block the IRS’ attempt to collect the money.