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You know what I’d do with the paycheck if I ended up on a reality show (listen up, Andy Cohen!)? I’d pay off my flippin’ student loans. I would not buy a car (although the show’s producers would probably buy one for me so as not to embarrass the rest of the cast with my ride), I would not not live above my means…I would just start slowly chipping away at my massive law school debt. What is it with people that they don’t think they need to pay their bills after they receive a little bit of fame?

I’m looking at you, Benzino. You know I adore you, but you didn’t use your Mona money to get a neck implant, and you sure as heck didn’t use it to pay back Uncle Sam. Now, before y’all start in on me, I realize that Benzino’s career in hip hop began long before his stint on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, as did his money problems. Geez Louise, though! Pay your debts, dude!

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According to The Jasmine Brand, the IRS is looking to collect some back taxes from the (former?) reality star and owner of Hip Hop Weekly magazine…to the tune of over $5 million! That’s a lot of L&HH ATL paychecks for sure!

Apparently, Zino has racked up some massive debt over the last decade. The site breaks down the lien filed by Georgia’s Department of Revenue: 1997 ($178,397.30), 1998 ($760,867.19) 1999 ($691,828.28), 2000 ($1,3339,844.11), 2001 ($634,281.39) , 2002 ($143,7688), 2003 ($19,969.91), 2004 ($12,975.36), 2005 ($87,366.32) and 2008 ($18,470.64), for a bottom line of the massive amount of $5,181,788.50.

Benzino had better hope that he can get back in the reality game. Word is that he and his fiance Althea have been spending some quality time with WE TV’s Tamar and Vince. Are they trying to get back in front of the cameras? I wouldn’t be surprised! And if he does, here’s hoping he uses that money to pay down his debt…

TELL US-CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW STEEP ZINO’S DEBT IS? DO YOU THINK HE’LL FIND HIS WAY BACK TO REALITY TELEVISION? 

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