Beyoncé is challenging the IRS over its assessment of $2.7 million in taxes and penalties. The singer alleges the agency rejected more than $800,000 in charitable donations, according to the petition. She won’t have to pay the 20% fee owed until the case is decided, Forbes reported. Something is loading.
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Beyoncé is taking on the Internal Revenue Service in a recent petition filed with the United States Tax Court challenging taxes and penalties of nearly $2.7 million that the agency claims she must.
Earlier this month, the “Break My Soul” singer, 41, asked the court to reconsider a January deficiency notice assessed by the IRS.
The notice claimed that Beyoncé owed more than $1.4 million in additional taxes and more than $288,000 in fines for 2019. For 2018, it alleged that the singer owed approximately $805,000 in additional taxes and $161 $000 fine, according to Forbes.
In her 20-page petition, Beyoncé argues that the agency disallowed millions of dollars in deductions, including $868,766 attributable to a charitable contribution deferral from 2018. According to the documents, she also alleges the penalties should not apply to taxes owing because it “acted reasonably and in good faith.”
After the January notice was filed, the star had 90 days to file a petition challenging the IRS. Although the agency has estimated that 20% of the underlying tax amount is owed, petitioners generally do not have to pay until the case is settled, according to Forbes.
No court date has been set for Saturday afternoon. The attorney representing Beyoncé — Michael C. Cohen of De Castro, West, Chodorow, Mendler & Glickfeld, Inc. — did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Beyoncé is currently gearing up to kick off her Renaissance Tour on May 10. According to Billboard, the tour could earn him at least $275 million.
The megastar isn’t the first celebrity to fight back against allegations that she owes the government multi-million tax fines.
In July 2022, Spanish prosecutors charged singer Shakira with six counts of tax evasion and accused the star of failing to pay millions in taxes in Spain. In 2013, Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion totaling up to $1.3 million in unpaid charges, Essence reported.