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Rich, famous and tussling with the taxman

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Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer © PR Photos

The star: The California leading man is best known for his portrayal of rocker Jim Morrison in "The Doors," Naval aviator Iceman to Tom Cruise's Maverick in "Top Gun" and the Dark Knight in "Batman Forever."

Amount owed: $498,165

What happened: Tax troubles are nothing new to Kilmer, who according to The Associated Press was slapped with a $498,165 IRS lien for unpaid taxes from 2008. In July 2009, the IRS previously presented Kilmer with an overdue tab of $538,858. Kilmer's tax woes date back to 2004, when a New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled against the actor and then-wife Joanne Whalley's claim that they were owed a tax refund of more than $300,000.

The outcome: The Iceman came forth to the taxman in late 2011 after selling his 5,328-acre New Mexico ranch near Santa Fe to a Texas oil executive for a reported $18.5 million in cash, according to The New Mexican newspaper.But the drama continues. In 2013, TMZ reported that Kilmer was sued for $128,000 by the consultant he hired to get him out of his tax mess.

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