“Little Fockers” star Teri Polo is the latest celebrity tax deadbeat. She reportedly owes more than $458,000 to Uncle Sam. She failed to pay the government its due for more than four years.
Polo’s manager Bob McGowan told the Detroit Free-Press, that the 41-year-old actress fell behind on her taxes, after an expensive divorce and some time off from the silver screen.
Polo is far from the only celebrity tax deadbeat.
Jennifer Lopez’s husband Marc Anthony owes millions of dollars in back taxes, despite earning millions of dollars a year in income from music and product endorsements.
Actor Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage, Burt Reynolds, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, porn boy Joe Francis and Pamela Anderson have all been cited for failing to pay state or federal taxes.
Polo got married in 1997 to photographer Anthony Moore, and, oddly, the couple divorced in 2003, more than seven years ago.
According to her filmography, she also has worked pretty steadily since her she posed nude for Playboy magazine in Feb. 2005.
The appearance was linked to the release of “Meet the Fockers,” the second in the film series. The Playboy spread ran under the title “She’s one hot Focker.”
Between her role as Pam Focker in 2000’s “Meet the Parents,” and 2010’s sequel “Little Fockers,” she also starred in the Lifetime Movie Network movie, “Legacy of Fear” in 2006 and the Hallmark movie “Expecting a Miracle,” in 2009.
She staring in an upcoming horror film “The Hole,” and has had guest-starring roles in television shows “The Practice,” “Felicity,” “Chicago Hope,” “Sports Night,” “Numb3rs,” “Frasier” and “Medium.”
In short, where did all the money go?
Polo who was born in Delaware and lived in New York City while a ballet student, haas two children, son Griffin, 8, and a daughter Bailey, 3, with Jamie Wollam, to whom she became engaged in April 2010.McGowan said that Polo has reached a settlement with the IRS, and is working to pay up.
The IRS has placed multiple liens against Polo.
The latest, for $116,620, was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 in Los Angeles; another for $114,844 was filed on Aug. 7, 2009, in Kent County, Delaware; a third for $91,748 was filed Apr. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles; and a fourth for $227,144 was filed on Feb. 20, 2008, in Kent County, according to the Detroit paper.
The liens cover a period from 2005 until 2008, according to the paper.
Meanwhile, “Little Fockers” came in at first place at the box office for the second week in a row.
The Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro comedy sequel grossed $26.3 million for a total of $103.2 million, just off the pace of “Meet the Fockers,” which had pulled in $162.4 million by this time in 2004, when the economy was markedly stronger.