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Prince at Rod Laver Arena PHOTO CREDIT: NPG Records

Prince Controversy Over Unpaid French Taxes

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on September 20, 2012

in News

Prince is in trouble with both the U.S. and French governments over a series of shows that he performed in France during 2009 and 2010.

Prince at Rod Laver Arena image from NPG Records noise11.com

Prince at Rod Laver Arena PHOTO CREDIT: NPG Records

Specifically, the purple one owes taxes to France on the proceeds for those concerts. When he and his business managers did not respond to requests from that country, they issued a summons which was passed along by the U.S. government.

When Prince, in turn, did not respond to the U.S. summons, the government scheduled a hearing for October 18 in the case of U.S.A. v. Nelson, 12-mc-00071, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (Minneapolis) (Prince’s full name is Prince Rogers Nelson).

Now, it looks like the government has gotten him and his people’s attention as Debra Whelan Johnson of Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP, Prince’s current business manager, issued the following statement:

We were unaware of this routine request for information until we learned of it in the press today. The IRS had incorrect information for service and left the notice at an address of record.  Now that the matter has been brought to our attention, we will promptly respond and provide the requested information.

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