Franklin attorney: $3 million in back taxes paid to IRS

By COREY WILLIAMS – Associated Press – Thursday, December 27, 2018

DETROIT (AP) – ’s estate has paid at least $3 million in back taxes to the since her death in August, an attorney for the late Queen of Soul’s estate said Thursday.

The estate is being audited by the , which filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of , told The Associated Press.

Earlier Thursday, TMZ reported that legal documents it obtained showed the claimed the singer owes more than $6.3 million in back taxes from 2012 to 2018 and $1.5 million in penalties.

“We have a tax attorney. All of her returns have been filed,” told the AP. “We have disputes with the regarding what they claim was income. We claim its double-dipping income because they don’t understand how the business works.”

He added that had a lot of expenses whenever she toured.

“She had to pay for transportation, hotel rooms, backup singers, musicians. When she did that the was questioning the returns she filed,” said. “We’re going through audits. Returns were filed as timely as we could get them filed.”

died of pancreatic cancer in August in her apartment. She was 76.

At the time of her death, owned a home in Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township. The filed the claim this month in Oakland County Probate Court in Pontiac.

Documents filed in an Oakland County court after ’s death did not mention the value of her estate , which could run into the tens of millions.

’s estate also has paid money to the state of Michigan and other jurisdictions “where she would have had some income,” said.

had been the target of a number of lawsuits by creditors during the late 1980s and 1990s.

In 2008, the singer said an attorney’s mistake caused her $700,000 mansion in to slip into foreclosure over $445 in 2005 taxes and late fees. The Detroit Free Press reported then that owed a total of $19,192 in back taxes on the property through 2007.

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