David Allan Coe is in Trouble With the IRS
'Outlaw Country' singer-songwriter David Allen Coe was sentenced to three years probation and must pay the IRS nearly $1 million in restitution for tax evasion between the years of 2008 and 2013.
Despite earning income for at least 100 concerts he held each year during that time period, Court records state that Coe either failed to file taxes between those years or never paid the taxes owed. Coe plead guilty to obstruction of justice last fall. On top of his probation he was ordered to pay back a total of $980,911.86.
Kathy Enstrom, IRS Special Agent in charge of the case said the money Coe earned was spent on other debts and gambling. She also stated that in an effort to prevent the IRS from garnishing his wages to pay those back taxes, Coe began taking money for his concerts in cash only.
Enstrom said “Mr. Coe chose to impede and obstruct the due administration of the IRS in an effort to brush aside his duty to file and pay taxes, and is now a convicted felon.”
This is not the first time he has been convicted. His 1970 album Penitentiary Blues was based on time he spent in prison in his 20’s, a stint that was extended when he killed an inmate for what he says was in retaliation of the inmates request for a sexual favor.
Coe was lucky that history didn't repeat itself considering the tax evasion sentence could have carried up to three years of jail time.