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Dionne Warwick going to trial over millions in unpaid taxes in drawn out legal battle with IRS

Monica Otayza
Dec 28, 2018
11:58 A.M.
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After being in trouble with the IRS, Dionne Warwick is forced to go to trial over millions of dollars in unpaid taxes throughout her career.

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Singer Dionne Warwick has no choice but to face off the IRS in court after a federal court judge set the starting date for her trials over apparent tax evasion through the years.

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According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the judge who was in charge of presiding over Warwick's Chapter 7 bankruptcy which she filed back in 2013 has set a trial date for March 6, 2019, in New Jersey. In order to provide each side with enough time to present their cases, the court has cleared off four days on their calendar.

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The world-famous singer filed for bankruptcy in 2013, declaring that her assets were only a total of $25,500 while her liabilities were at $10,727,429. According to Warwick, it was all her business manager's fault for not being able to manage her financials well. Most of her debt included tax-related fines, which amounted to $6,964,466.87.

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For years, the case dragged on after the singer sued the government over her issues with her taxes. She hoped to have a court order dismiss her $7 million tax debt from 1990 to 2008, and even ask for a judge to order the IRS not to seize her assets over her millions in debt.

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Although the debt was eventually discharged in her bankruptcy, federal agents contest that erasing her debt all together is valid.

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At one point of the gruesome tax-feud, Warwick even tried to claim that the IRS violated court orders after they tried to seize her assets over her alleged non-payment of taxes from 2011 to 2012. She asked them not to sanction her given that she was asked not to touch her money until the outcome of the entire tax case.

However, the department replied by saying that they only discovered that she failed to pay her taxes because the singer did not report her income on her returns.

Although all of this has been going on for years, it'll finally be put to a stop in March after the court reaches their final decision.

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