R&B singer R. Kelly owes millions in unpaid taxes

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New documents reveal that R. Kelly owes almost $5m (£3.2m) in unpaid taxes.

The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that documents filed by the Internal Revenue Service show that the R&B star owes taxes dating back to 2005.

The 45-year-old singer was forced to sell his Chicago mansion last year after it became the subject of a legal action over unpaid mortgage payments.

In 2011 he underwent emergency throat surgery. He releases his 11th album later this month.

According to tax records seen by the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly paid $2.6m ($1.6m) dollars in back taxes in 2008.

However, despite paying a further $1m in back taxes last year, the singer still owes the US federal government more than $4.8 (£2.9) million, according to the documents.

Kelly has not commented on the reports, but the Chicago Sun-Times claimed his spokesman had previously insisted that the star did not have money problems.

The three-time Grammy award winner has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Earlier this year he was named by Billboard as the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years.

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