paula-patton-tax-frontPaula Patton and Grammy-winning singer husband Robin Thicke are tax deadbeats. They reportedly owe Uncle Sam nearly $500,000 in back taxes. The claim they didn’t “realize” they owed the money.

Patton rocketed into the spotlight as Tom Cruise’s co-star in the international smash “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” The film has grossed more than $480 million worldwide against a $150 million budget. It’s one of the most successful films in the series.

Patton, 36, played Jane Carter, a member of Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise) disavowed team of special agents. She also starred in “Jumping the Broom,” the highly acclaimed “Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)” and “Déjà Vu.”

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Her father Charles Patton is an attorney and she was smart enough to get into UC Berkeley, so paying taxes shouldn’t be over her head. Thicke has his own albm and has written songs for artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Mary J. Blige.

Patton married to songwriter/singer Thicke, who is the son of actor Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring. They have a son, Julian Fuego, who was born in April 2010.

The IRS filed a $492,583 tax lien against Patton and Thicke last month according to documents obtained from Los Angeles County Recorder’s office and reported by the Detroit News.

“They were just made aware of the issue and it is being taken care of immediately,” a spokesman for the couple told the newspaper.

Starring in Mission Impossible has definitely lifted Patton’s profile. She was recently featured in GQ magazine, where she talked about the movie.

“I was doing physical stunts, feet in the mud, fingernails full of dirt, shooting and fighting for my life,’ she said.

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Celebrity tax deadbeats are more numerous than it might be thought. “Little Fockers” star Teri Polo owed the government more than $458,000, TheImproper reported last January. She failed to pay the government for more than four years.

Pamela Anderson, Wesley Snipes, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Marc Anthony have also been dunned for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes. Nicolas Cage is probably the all-time biggest delinquent; the IRS said he owed $14 million in back taxes.

Snipes was sentenced to three years in a federal pen in 2010 for three counts of failing to file a tax return.

Looks like Patton is in good company.