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IRS claims Grammy winner Mary J. Blige owes millions in taxes

According to the Internal Revenue Service, singer Mary J. Blige owes more than $3.4 million to the IRS. Why? The IRS claims that Blige failed to pay income taxes for three years.

Reports have not stated why Blige failed to pay income taxes for 2009, 2010 and 2011. As a result of the government's findings, though, a tax lien has been filed against the Grammy winner. This means that the government now has a lien on Blige's property until she either posts a bond guaranteeing that she will pay the government back, or until Blige does pay the government back.

In addition to allegedly owing more than $3.4 million in income taxes for three years, Blige also owes the state of New Jersey more than $900,000 in back taxes. Blige is clearly facing some significant tax issues, but according to TMZ, Blige has a new team that she is working with to help her resolve her legal issues so she can move forward.

When it comes to being audited by the IRS, individuals and businesses will want to make sure their tax audits are handled appropriately on both sides. When the IRS determines that an individual or business has not paid enough in taxes and owes a substantial amount to the government, individuals and businesses may have the option of filing a lawsuit to appeal the government's findings.

Of course, tax payers and businesses in California will not want to do this without consulting an attorney who knows how to navigate through complex state and federal tax laws. An attorney will examine and analyze the details of a taxpayer's case in order to determine how to best proceed with handling one's tax issues. In some situations, an attorney may need to explain to a taxpayer why the findings of the IRS may be valid. In other cases though, an experienced and strategic attorney will know when it is necessary to challenge the government's findings.

Source: Forbes, "Mary J. Blige is obliged to IRS," Robert W. Wood, May 21, 2013

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