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Updated: Jan 17

The IRS came looking for Courtney Love…again.

The former rock star, actress, and widow of Nirvana member, Kurt Cobain, is used to being on Uncle Sam’s bad side. Starting from her early days as a grunge rock start, Love’s many infractions included drug abuse, assault, failing to make court appearances, and one public outburst that led to her being banned from Virgin Airlines by founder Richard Branson. Between all these wild episodes, Love also clashed with the IRS over unpaid taxes on three separate occasions.

While the media doesn’t go into a frenzy over tax liens, the amount Love has owed would get anyone to sit up and pay attention. A tax lien from early 2018 indicates Loves owes the IRS over $568,000 in unpaid taxes from 2016. The came just three months after Love paid around $320,000 for her 2012 tax bill, and two years after paying $266,000 for taxes she failed to pay in 2009 and 2011.

These unpaid taxes, in addition to Love’s many lawsuits, add up big-time. Love has reportedly lost about $27 million of what she called “Nirvana money.”

“I know that’s a lifetime of money to most people, but I’m a big girl,” she explained. “It’s rock‘n’roll, it’s Nirvana money. I had to let it go. I make enough to live one. I’m financially solvent. I focus on what I make now.”

Love sounds optimistic, but, at this point, the IRS probably has her on speed dial. Hopefully Love will understand that it doesn’t matter how much money you make – if you fail to pay your taxes, you will end up in a world of hurt.

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