LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Internal Revenue Service seized actor-comedian Redd Foxx's home, furniture and a number of vehicles Tuesday for his alleged failure to pay income taxes from 1983 to 1986.
The IRS filed liens on Foxx's property totaling $755,166.21, but contended that the entertainer owes considerably more because of penalties and accumulated interest on his unpaid taxes.
Foxx lives in Las Vegas, where his comedy routine has become a staple of the nighttime entertainment circuit. He is most widely known for his role as Fred Sanford in TV's 'Sanford and Son,' which ran on NBC from 1972 through 1978. He currently co-stars in the Eddie Murphy movie 'Harlem Nights' with Richard Pryor and Danny Aiello.
Prince Spencer, Foxx's agent, said at least 17 IRS agents showed up at the entertainer's home, located in a high-priced area four miles east of the Las Vegas Strip Tuesday morning. They gave Foxx two minutes to open the door, and started hauling away contents, he said.
'They had one of those big car vans that is used to transport cars cross country, and they hauled away five, six or seven vehicles,' said Spencer. 'It was heartbreaking to watch. They took the piano, the guitar, ukuleles, the furniture. ... The living room was cleaned out when I left.'
The IRS also cleaned out Foxx's bank accounts at Valley Bank, Spencer said.
In 1983, Foxx was forced to sell off several other homes, including some in Los Angeles, after declaring bankruptcy, Robert Giannangeli, a spokesman for the IRS in Los Angeles, said.
At that time, Foxx also owed money to the IRS but satisfied at least part of the debt through the sale of property. The IRS, however, was unable to collect on unpaid income taxes for the following years because Foxx had filed for bankruptcy protection.
In his current run-in with the IRS, liens against his home were filed with the county assessor on Nov. 22, Giannangeli said.
Agents seized his house and seven vehicles -- at least some of which were model 'kit cars' -- Tuesday morning, Giannangeli said.
The property is 'going to be auctioned off unless he can come up with the money to satisfy the case,' Giannangeli said, adding that the IRS may also seize Foxx's income.
When he filed for bankruptcy in 1983, Foxx listed a debt of $881,418 to creditors and a tax debt of more than $1.6 million owed the IRS, the state of California and Los Angeles County. Nevada does not levy state or county income tax.
IRS spokeswoman Norma Lally said Foxx's outstanding tax debt to the IRS in 1983 stood at $88,091.31, meaning more than $600,000 of his current tax liability has accrued over the past four years.