*Rap veteran MC Hammer is asking a federal court judge to dismiss a lawsuit from government officials accusing him of failing to pay his taxes, insisting he has already settled the debt.

The IRS has gone after Hammer and his wife, alleging the couple owed $779,585 in unpaid taxes, dating back to 1996.

Hammer, real name Stanley Burrell, addressed the issue on Twitter.com, telling fans, “700k… Don’t get too excited… I paid them already and kept my receipt. Stamped by a US Federal Judge.”

However, he has now filed a response to the government lawsuit and is requesting a reimbursement for his legal fees, reports TMZ.