Outlaw singer and songwriter David Allan Coe pled guilty to tax evasion charges and has been ordered to pay more than $980,000 to the IRS. Between 2008 and 2013, Coe failed to pay $466,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties by either not filing his individual income tax returns or failing to pay the taxes due. He was sentenced on Monday (June 13th) in Cincinnati federal court to three years’ probation.
Coe reportedly began asking that promoters pay him for shows in advance in cash to avoid paying the government. He also asked that he not receive any $50 bills as he allegedly believed they were back luck and would not gamble with them.
Coe’s best-known hit as a songwriter was the 1977 hit “Take This Job And Shove It,” co-written and recorded by Johnny Paycheck.
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