Dog’ Chapman hit with $2M in tax liens
Bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $2 million in unpaid taxes dating back to 2002, according to tax liens filed at the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances.
The liens recorded Jan. 27 represent the latest tax troubles for the Honolulu bail bondsman and celebrity bounty hunter, who has been haggling with the IRS for years over tax bills.
Chapman owns Da Kine Bail Bonds on Queen Emma Street in downtown Honolulu and stars in the A&E reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
According to the latest liens, Chapman owes $106,553 on 2002 income, $99,235 for 2003, $283,514 for 2004 and $1.56 million on income earned in 2005.
Chapman’s Los Angeles-based accountant, Dennis Duban, said Friday that as far as he knew most of the taxes had been paid and that he had been attempting to get in touch with the IRS.
“We show that he owes taxes for ’06 and ’07 but ’02 to ’05 was completely paid,” Duban said, acknowledging that some tax payments were made at the “last minute” and that there’s typically a six-week lag between the time the IRS receives payment and liens are released.
“We’re trying to catch up on the old years and to stay current,” Duban said. Referring to Chapman and his wife, Beth, he said: “I just feel badly for them having to deal with this.”
The IRS filed liens against Chapman in 2006 for almost $200,000 in 2004 income but in early 2007 Duban said those tax bills had been paid. The IRS had previously filed liens against him for unpaid 1993 and 1994 income.
Editors Note: Perhaps Mr Chapman should suggest his wife curtail her shopping