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

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Tyler Perry Is Hosting The Aretha Franklin Tribute We All Need

The late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, reportedly owed millions of dollars to the IRS.

An attorney says the late Queen of Soul's estate has paid at least $3 million in back taxes to the IRS since Aretha Franklin's death last August in Detroit.

The government claims Franklin owes more than $6 million in back taxes going back to 2012.

"We have a tax attorney. Returns were filed as timely as we could get them filed". "We claim its double-dipping income because they don't understand how the business works". Her death was celebrated by countless fans, music executives and singers, but one person with a grudge is the IRS. "We have disputes with the IRS regarding what they claim was income".

"I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin", record producer Clive Davis added.

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The event 'is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy, ' Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.

Franklin, an 18-time Grammy victor and considered by many the greatest United States gospel and soul singer, died in August of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

Franklin was estimated to be worth around $80 million (£63 million) at her time of death, but left no will. The IRS filed the claim this month in Oakland County Probate Court in Pontiac. Clarence, Aretha's eldest, is incapacitated and is represented by a guardian.

Franklin's Estate is also being chased for money by the "Respect" singer's lawyer, over allegedly unpaid bills, and a publishing company seeking royalties for the song "Angel".

In 2008, the singer said an attorney's mistake caused her $700,000 mansion in Detroit to slip into foreclosure over $445 in 2005 taxes and late fees. The late, legendary singer reportedly left behind a large debt in back taxes totaling almost $8 million.

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