The Place for Tax Woes: Nine MSNBC Personalities Had Tax Liens Filed Against Them

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Submitted by Jillian Kay Melchior via,

MSNBC’s hosts have a tax problem.

A Heat Street review of public records show that a total of six current, prominent MSNBC pundits have recently settled federal or state tax liens, while one still has tax problems. Moreover, at least two other hosts who recently left the network have also had massive tax liens filed against them.

MSNBC declined to comment, and none of the current or former tax debtors responded to requests for interviews sent through an MSNBC spokesperson.

The Rev. Al Sharpton — MSNBC’s Sunday morning host — easily comes in first place when it comes to “issues” with the taxman. He and his various entities—including several dissolved by New York for failure to pay taxes—currently owe about $1.5 million in state and federal taxes, interest and penalties, according to public records.

It’s a staggering sum, but down substantially from the $4.5 million in outstanding tax liens tallied by the New York Times two years ago. Sharpton has repeatedly said he’s worked out agreements with authorities to settle his tax debt, and a source close to him says he’s been paying it down aggressively, aware of how it may affect his legacy. The reverend has repeatedly called publicly for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.

Several other prominent MSNBC talking heads have settled their tax debt only after liens were filed.

In January 2016, New York filed a lien for more than $2,500 in back taxes against MSNBC daytime anchor Craig Melvin, which he didn’t settle until the final weeks of the year.

Craig Melvin

It’s not the first time Melvin has run into tax problems, either. In 2010, South Carolina — where he used to anchor local news — filed a tax warrant against him for more than $3,300, which has since been resolved. Melvin has also run into other financial problems, with Discover Bank taking him to court in 2005 over a $3,200 debt.

Melvin has spoken out on air and on social media about the need for the wealthy to pay more taxes.

Melvin is joined by Chris Matthews. Last summer, Maryland took out a lien against the Hardball host and his wife for nearly $4,000 before Matthews paid up.

Joy-Ann Reid also recently settled a New York tax lien for nearly $5,000, filed against her in 2015.

Both Matthews and Reid have repeatedly held forth about tax policy—including together, on the same TV segment.

In 2012, for example, Matthews said that “the key element” of a political battle between John Boehner and Barack Obama was “that there be tax fairness—the people at the top, who now get a tax break of about 5 percent, should not get that anymore because they don’t need it.”

“Right, absolutely,” Reid replied. Later in the same interview, she mentioned how “it was very important to [Obama’s] base that he gets those rates up on the top earners. That was what he promised.” More recently, Reid said that taxation of the wealthy comes down to “a basic fairness argument.”

In 2016, Kristen Welker finally paid off $6,700 in California tax liens. Though she’s offered little personal commentary about tax policy, she has reported on the issue.

Two other recent MSNBC personalities have also grappled with massive tax debt.

Touré Neblett, who was fired by MSNBC in 2015, has had significant tax problems. According to public records from the NYC Department of Finance Office of the City Register, the IRS filed two separate tax liens against him for more than $257,000, covering the years from 2008-2012.

Touré Neblett

It’s unclear whether he has made any effort to pay off these tax debts, or whether they remain outstanding. Neblett did not respond to our media requests sent to his various social media accounts, and by deadline, his representative for speaking gigs had also failed to respond to our detailed inquiry.

The New York City office that recorded the liens was unable to confirm or deny any payments. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said it did not show any state warrants but couldn’t comment on the status of federal tax warrants. By deadline, the Internal Revenue Service hadn’t responded to Heat Street’s detailed query about whether the tax debt was outstanding.

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry, who left the network in 2016, had a federal tax lien taken out against her for around $70,000 in 2015. She paid it off the following year. She did not respond to Heat Street’s request for comment.

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ParkAveFlasher's picture

Don't worry, Hillary will take care of her homies when she wins the presi - DOH!

Looney's picture


Loudspeaker Announcement: Lois Lerner, report to the corporal punishment room!   ;-)


localsavage's picture

I wonder why they just don't just claim zero deductions and pay the max like any good comrade would.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) localsavage Jan 4, 2017 2:23 PM

It's every American's patriotic duty to pay as little in taxes to ZOG as they can

PrayingMantis's picture


... MoronicSoNsofBitChes ...

CheapBastard's picture

Well, at least the Big Celebs that bashed Trump are honest taxpayers, right?


Robert De Niro has been evading taxes like an actual gangster
evoila's picture

Why are they all black?

847328_3527's picture

'cause under Soweeto if anyone said anything about blacks they were autmoatcially ostracized, fired and labelled as a homophobic, rayciss, nazi despite all the facts to the contrary.

So they felt even moar entitled then they already are.

LickItUp's picture

Groids beez speshul an' sheeit.

Urban Redneck's picture

Then I must be more patriotic than every assclown at MSNBS combined.  If you're going to fight the man, it helps to take away his home field advantage in the courts.  Otherwise, he can compel you to settle on his terms.

cheka's picture

this artikle be an outrange.  i demand the writer recount what he prescribed

TeethVillage88s's picture

I hear she hangs out in the Dominatrix room.'s picture

Lots a 'people of colour' in that list.  Hypocrite black assholes.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

In other news, MSLSD is set to debut some new bumper music:

BabaLooey's picture



E.F. Mutton's picture

Haven't seen ol' Bobblehead Al Sharpton lately. 

Maybe he's axin' Wesley Snipes for Tax advice.  Resist we much.

larz's picture

That is a very diverse group of tax cheats

Arnold's picture

I nominate Willie Hugh Nelson for Internal Revenue Commissioner.

If He declines to serve,

I nominate Wesley Trent Snipes for Internal Revenue Commissioner.

Squid Viscous's picture

Nigs pay taxes about as much as changing the oil on their cars, hence

" look at dat broke down, smoking nigmobile"

GoldHermit's picture

All hypocritical Democrats no doubt

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Hmmmm, are these some of the same assholes, who adamantly, wanted The Don to release his tax returns...?

crazybob369's picture

And demand that the rich pay their fair share. How does it feel to be part of the rich, assholes?

VWAndy's picture

 They didnt suck hard enough or thought they didnt have to swallow. This will teach them to stay in line.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Man, the IRS is much worse than I thought!!

rosiescenario's picture

....after being politicized by obuma, the irs has 'different strokes for different folks'....



Sanity Bear's picture

I wonder what the total number of tax liens there are out there in the US. The number must be in seven figures.

DeathMerchant's picture

Seven figures just covers the number of federal employees in arrears.

Idaho potato head's picture

When will soros be audited, that's what I'd like to see!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Suggestion: Take away their right to vote.

If they can't balance a simple house budget, what gives them the right to talk about federal spending bills, progressive spending bills, welfare, HUD spending, or federal and state budgets in general.

I mean really.

I don't like all the taxes and mandatory fees and payments I have to cope with. But some people are more special than me.??

DeathMerchant's picture

How would they know it was you voting when they can't ask for ID ???

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

If you don't pay taxes, you should not be able to vote.

Of course if you're in a Democrat voting district, that would not be enforced and no ID would be asked / aksed  for.

(Sorry for putting the preposition "for" at the end of the sentence.)

VWAndy's picture

 I was wonderin where Lois Learner went.

Hal n back's picture

I had a tax lien placed on me by Caifornia for allegedly owing tax of $800 . They changed a tax law saying that if you are in a partnership that has any business at all  in calif, even if at a loss, you have to file a return and pay a "fee" of $800. If you do not pay the fee penaty and interest racks up fast. They mailed a notice to an address I had 6 years ago so it took 3 years for me to find out about this via a lien.

its just another way of calif squeezeing money --the issue is we lost money on a deal in calif and still had to pay the fee--alternatively if we made gobs of money we wouldhave had to pay the tax. Its not so bad overall paying tax on earnigns as long as it does not get out of hand--but to pay taxes on losses---thats assinine.


th answer from the state--go contect in court-knowing full well its cheaper to pay the 800 and avoid ca in the future.


calif incremental individual tax rate is 13%--I think-when income reaches 1 million. thats probably not even decuctible for federal due to phase out of itemized deduction.

thats why many californians have residences in Stateline  Nv.or even vegas.




PTR's picture

It makes me wonder if any of these people (if any,) has someone else managing their finances or doing so via an Estate.  If someone overlooks payment or doesn't remember to check for the extortion payment property tax bill...

11b40's picture

Our sales agency was paid commissions by a CA company for sales we brokered.

One year we got a notice of taxes due, and a few follow up notices.  I threw them all in the trash.  If CA wants to sue us, they are welcome to, but we are in SC and have nothing in CA for them to seize.  Have not heard from them in a good 7-8 years now, but if I do, new correspondence will be trashed, too.

One thing I learned the hard way long ago.  You can get a judgment against somebody, but collecting it is a whole other matter.

seek's picture

CA is notorious for this BS.

I do zero business in CA, but I have customers with HQs in that state. Every few years I get paperwork from them demanding income tax and my accountant explains the actual law to them. It's pretty obvious they know the law and are just hoping people roll over.

crazybob369's picture

I feel your pain. The state is such a fu#king joke. We had an investment business that was incorporated in Nevada and Arizona. We did zero business in California. But because one of the corporate officers lived in California, we were deemed to have a "presence" in the state and were therefore required to file a Cal tax return and pay the $800 fee. Their logic was that if the officer signed any checks, or contracts while physically present in the state, he was conducting business in the state and therefore the tax return needed to be filed.

Our accountant said that it was total BS, but it would cost more to fight it that to pay it.

Extortion at its finest.

11b40's picture

It did not cost me a dime to ignore the notices I got.

Zarbo's picture

Here in the commune of Oregon, only the first $3000 in federal tax is deductable.  We end up paying tax on federal tax we paid.  Plus a 9% income tax to the state, plus property taxes that are sky high.  But ... we don't have a sales tax.

WillyGroper's picture

hahahahaha.  schadenboner!

mhp "your children belong to the community" is the best of all.

so the cfr talking bobble heads get thrown under the bus by the banksters.

this theater of them eating their own is getting better by the day.

orangegeek's picture

Lugenpresse - do what I say, not what I do.

silverer's picture

Oh, those were fake tax bills.

Seasmoke's picture

Remember it's a 'voluntary tax'. Just ask Harry Reid.

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Wow! People of color seem to be well represented on this list!

DeathMerchant's picture

Affirmative Action hard at work

mtanimal's picture

Except Chris Matthews has no color - he's transparent like a jellyfish, and just as intellectual.

gdpetti's picture

Yes, good point, as it shows that Uncle Toms come in all shapes, sizes and colors. All you have to do is 'submit'. Some don't mind at all, as they prefer comfort over discomfort.... a matter of choices, that's all life is.