Music mogul Damon Dash owes New York state $4.14 million in taxes, according to data released by the Department of Taxation and Finance.
Dash, Jay Z’s former manager and business partner at Roc-A-Fella Records, has been hit with a lien over state income tax he owes from 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Dash — who’s launching a new streaming service similar to Netflix through his Website — has been battling the IRS for years over claims he owes millions in taxes. In 2013, he reportedly was hit with a nearly $3 million tax bill by Uncle Sam.
Reached by e-mail, Dash, 44, simply told Page Six, “Y’all telling the same story for five years.”
In 2011, he confirmed he owed “way more” than $2 million in taxes and that the IRS was auditing him. He said the audit was a result of his accountant’s failure to itemize his expenses. “If I have an accountant that just reports I just invested $10 million in my business and he doesn’t itemize exactly where every cost goes, it gives a flag to the government,” he said.
Dash was named No. 35 on the new list of the top 250 New York state delinquent taxpayers. Also on the list, at No. 37, is famous restaurateur Nello Balan with a “warrant balance” of $1.41 million for personal income tax from 2008, withholding tax in 2001 and 2006 through 2008, and sales tax for 2001, 2002 and 2006 through 2009.
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Nello, who’s working to open a new restaurant on East 58th Street, told us the figure was incorrect. He added, “My accountant is working on this. This is an old issue from the other restaurant. The figure is nothing near that amount. We should resolve it in the next month.”
No. 129 on the list is celebrity chef Todd English, under the name William T. English, who’s behind on $715,684 for income tax for 2011 and 2012 and sales tax for 2012 through 2014.
On a separate list of top 250 delinquent taxpaying businesses is taxi king Evgeny Freidman, who filed for bankruptcy protection last month, blaming Uber. Four companies he controls owe a combined tax debt of more than $4.28 million, according to the state tax department.