“Outlaw Country” was a popular style of music in the 70s and 80s, but some of its biggest stars took it a little too far.
Following in the footsteps of tax-evading country star Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, another country icon, is in IRS trouble.
The 76-year-old singer has been sentenced to three years of probation, and ordered to pay more than $980,000 in back taxes, interest, and penalties.
Court documents say that although Coe earned considerable income from over 100 concerts a year from 2008 through 2013, he either neglected to file, or didn’t pay his tax obligation when he did.
Coe also pleaded guilty to “impeding and obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws.” This charge came when the singer began receiving all of his performance proceeds in cash in a purposeful attempt to avoid taxes and levies on his accounts from prior debt.