Former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Benzino has reportedly been hit with a tax bill of a whopping $5 million just weeks after he was let go from the VH1 series.
According to The Jasmine Brand Monday, Benzino did not pay taxes from 1997-2005. He also failed to pay in 2008.
He owes a total of $5,181,788.50. This is the second time Uncle Sam has hit him with charges. The US Attorney's office also contacted him in 2005 after he did not pay taxes in 1999 and 2000. The total was $1.5 million at the time. He did plead not guilty to those particular charges.
According to the official tax documents obtained by the site (see them here), Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, owes $178,397.30 from 1997, 1998 ($760,867.19), 1999 ($691,828.28), 2000 ($1,3339,844.11), 2001 ($634,281.39), 2002 ($143,7688), 2003 ($19,969.91), 2004 ($12,975.36), 2005 ($87,366.32) & 2008 ($18,470.64).
Benzino has not commented on the reports yet.
The news of his tax debt comes after he and his fiancée Althea Heart were fired from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. It was reported that the couple was told of the network's decision in late October. However, they were not given a reason for it. Still, speculation is that he and Heart were not invited back because Heart is suing their former costar Joseline Hernandez. Hernandez attacked Heart during the show's reunion special earlier this year. While Heart was seen as the victim and several of their costars wanted Hernandez off the show, it looks like VH1 thought it was more valuable to keep Hernandez and Stevie J.