Singer Marc Anthony, who is best known these days for being married to Jennifer Lopez, has agreed to pay about $2.5 million in back taxes, interest, and penalties because of his failure to file income tax returns. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said that Anthony, who was not prosecuted on tax charges, failed to file returns for 2000 through 2004 on $15.5 million in income. For 2005, the first full year that he was married to Jennifer Lopez, Anthony did file returns.  Reportedly, Lopez and Anthony file separately.

Charges were not filed against the singer who had his returns prepared by an accountant and thought the returns had been filed. However, two of Anthony’s associates, including his brother and his accountant, have pleaded guilty to tax felonies for failing to file returns.

Additionally, tax officials found that three companies run by Anthony — Ari Enterprises Ltd., his touring company; Bolero Records Ltd., his music publishing company; and Marc Anthony Productions Inc. (MAP), his management company — had either failed to file returns or failed to pay taxes due in 2001 through 2004.

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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney and tax writer.

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