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Rapper Lil’ Wayne once again hit with huge tax bill


Rapper Lil Wayne has just received quite a notice from the IRS.

It has so many digits you have to squint to figure it out.

The sizzurp-loving singer of B---hes Love Me, 31, was slapped with a federal income lien for $12,155,084 in unpaid taxes going back to 2011.

Oh, yes: Let's not forget the 46 cents.

According to the lien filed with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Court’s office, Wayne failed to pay an extra $5.8 million for the tax year 2011 and $6.3 million for 2012, the Internal Revenue Service claims.

The good news: The tatted-out little man, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, makes tons of money.

The bad: If Wayne doesn’t pay up, the feds will go after his La Gorce mansion, which cost him $11.6 million in 2011.

Sarah Cunningham,Wayne’s publicist, said she’s confident the matter will be resolved.

“Lil Wayne’s tax attorney and accountant are looking into the matter,” she said.

It’s not the first time the singer got tattooed by the taxman. In 2012, he sent the IRS a check for $7.7 million to clear a similar lien for unpaid taxes.

Radio daze

A potentially damaging journalism scandal exploded at WFTL-850 AM and, indirectly, NBC News.

Broward County’s troubled news and talk radio station, whose owners filed for bankruptcy last month, may have faked the live coverage of last month’s rescue of a dying baby on the Dolphin Expressway near Miami.


So that the audio of morning talk show host Rich Stevens seemingly covering the drama, and the station’s call letters, would end up on Lester Holt’s NBC Nightly News last weekend.

Mark Potter, the network’s Miami reporter, introduced the segment by saying that the baby rescue was “covered live” on the radio.

Then Stevens’ voice is heard saying: “We have several reports of a woman exiting her vehicle, screaming for help!”

Thing is: Stevens was on the air from 9 a.m. to noon that day, Feb. 20 — and the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

Stevens isn’t returning calls, but his boss, GM Steve Lapa, says he sees nothing wrong with what Stevens did.

“The information fed to Rich was accurate,” Lapa said. “We had the info fed to us by the traffic people, and there's nothing wrong with how we voiced it.”

A station insider who asked not to be identified said NBC producers called WFTL to ask for a recording of the station’s live coverage and were fooled by Stevens.

“He went into a studio and quickly recorded a few lines like they were happening live,” the source says.

spanish tv news rules

The preliminary February TV ratings numbers are in, and the gap of audience between the Spanish- and English-language stations is Grand Canyon-sized.

According to Nielsen, Telemundo wins the Miami-Fort Lauderdale 11 p.m. newscast slot by a mile. Univision comes in a distant second.

In the prime age category of 25 to 54, Telemundo alone has nearly as many viewers as all four major Anglo networks —combined.

Read more Jose Lambiet stories from the Miami Herald

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