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article imageInsane Clown Posse in hot water with IRS over backed taxes

By Brian Booker     Jul 16, 2015 in Crime
Detroit - The infamous Insane Clown Posse is finding itself in some potentially hot water as the Internal Revenue Service is looking to collect what it claims are unpaid taxes. So far “ICP” hasn't exactly been cooperative.
If ICP doesn't provide documents soon, they may find themselves behind bars, according to tax experts. The infamous rap duo has apparently been dodging their tax bills these past few years, and now the government is looking for its cut.
Joey Utsler, AKA Shaggy 2 Dope, has been dodging attempts by the IRS to collect taxes, according to a federal prosecutor. The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked a federal judge to compel Utsler to cooperate and to provide financial records for 2011 and 2012.
Joe Bruce, AKA Violent J, is also accused of dodging taxes. According to the IRS the pair are estimated to owe $379,783 in income tax. Violent J has a $217,366 tax lien on his house, while Shaggy 2 Dope is believed to owe $162,417.
ICP doesn't shy away from controversy. The Detroit-based group has been known for its intense rivalries with other musicians, such as Eminem and the groups lyrics are known for being exceptionally violent.
Further, ICP's fans, called “Juggalos,” are actually considered a hybrid gang by the FBI. So-called Juggalos are known for being die hard followers of the group, and perhaps taking the group's lyrics a bit too seriously.
The IRS has struggled to prosecute tax dodgers in recent years due to budget cuts. Republicans, having failed to pass substantial tax reforms into law, have resorted to trying to cut the IRS's budget instead. This has made it difficult for the IRS to prosecute tax fraud cases.
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