T.I. rep says rapper is ‘working to resolve matter’ following reports he owes £2.9m in tax

T.I. is facing two federal tax liens

A representative of T.I. has addressed recent reports that the Atlanta rapper is facing two federal tax liens that total a whopping $4.5m (£2.9m).

According to documents obtained by The Daily Mail, the IRS has filed two tax liens against T.I (real name Clifford Harris) for unpaid taxes for 2012 and 2013. One filing – against him and his wife Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris – list a total of $1,397,283.47 in unpaid taxes for the year 2012, while the other demands $3,173,476.39 for 2013.

In a short statement released to Us Weekly, a rep for T.I. said: “Mr Harris and his team are working with the appropriate parties to resolve this matter.” Clearing the debt shouldn’t be a problem though. According to the Mail, T.I. is thought to be worth as much as $215 million.

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Harris was in the news earlier this year after a US jury decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ – which featured a guest spot from T.I. – copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair were ordered to pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.

“I don’t know what’s going on. I never really got caught up in that. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the legacy and the estate of Marvin Gaye,” T.I. later said. “I know that I’m a writer, a creator, I don’t steal from anybody creatively when I make my music. I know that, and I think anybody with common sense will be able to see it whenever they listen to it.”

He added: “I’ll be exonorated or whatever cause I know I did the right thing.”