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One of America’s biggest rapper at one point, DMX, is in big trouble with the country’s Internal Revenue Service tax collectors.

IRS officials have charged the X Gon’ Give It to Ya hitmaker with 14 counts of tax evasion and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York claims he has concealed his income for years, racking up a $1.7 million debt.

In documents obtained by TMZ, officials have accused DMX, real name Earl Simmons, of using the bank accounts of surrogates instead of his own to keep his once vast earnings under the radar.

In the indictment, prosecutors claim he listed his income in 2011 and 2012 as “unknown” when in reality he’d hauled in over $350,000 and $540,000, respectively, and in 2013, he reported income of $10,000. According to the officials, he actually brought in $250,000 that year.

If convicted on all 14 counts, the rap star faces 44 years behind bars.

The embattled hip-hop star recently completed a rehab stint after voluntarily entering a treatment center in Southern California on 27 April.

When the news of his latest rehab stay first hit the headlines, the rapper’s manager Pat Gallo confirmed the star would be taking time off to “focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer”.

Gallo added, “We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre