Aretha Franklin reportedly owes the IRS close to $8 million in back taxes. According to TMZ, legal docs say that Franklin owes the IRS more than $6.3 million in back taxes from 2012 to 2018 and an additional $1.5 million in penalties. One of Aretha's lawyers told the site that the tax lien is the result of several audits over the last six years. One of the year's in question is listed as 2018 and that tax year is not over.
In addition to the back taxes, it has also been reported that the late singer's former lawyer filed docs back in October demanding the estate pay nearly $54,000 to cover bills dating back six years. There is also a new lien filed by a publishing company that wants $136,000 for royalties in connection with the 1973 song “Angel.”
David Bennett of Thav Gross P.C., attorney for Franklin's estate says that the estate disputes the claim as Aretha paid off the vast majority of her debt before she passed. He said, “The Estate is diligently working to resolve any remaining issues.”
PATTI LABELLE, ALICIA KEYS, JENNIFER HUDSON AND MORE TO PERFORM AT ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE CONCERT
In other news, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Alessia Cara and Patti LaBelle will perform at an all-star tribute concert honoring Aretha Franklin. According to Variety, Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul will be filmed January 13th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and air as a TV special on CBS later in 2019.
Other performers include Jennifer Hudson, Common, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., SZA, Chloe X Halle, BeBe Winans, Yolanda Adams and Shirley Caesar. The tribute will be hosted by Tyler Perry.