Beyoncé disputes $2.7M owed in taxes and files petition against the IRS

The singer's legal team argues that the agency has made erroneous assumptions about her earnings, and is seeking a fair resolution to the matter.

Beyoncé is one of the biggest music stars in the world, known for her chart-topping hits and dynamic performances. However, even celebrities like her have to pay taxes, and recently, she found herself in the middle of a dispute with the IRS over $2.7 million in taxes owed. On April 17th, she filed a petition to ask the court to reconsider the additional taxes and penalties assessed by the IRS. 

Background of Beyoncé's tax dispute

Reports indicate that the IRS has issued a Notice of Deficiency alleging that the artist owes a sum of $2,698,316.40 in additional taxes and penalties for the years 2018 and 2019.

Specifically, the IRS says that she owes $805,850 in additional tax and a $161,170 penalty for 2018, as well as $1,442,747 in additional tax and a $288,549.40 penalty for 2019.

The complexity of the singer's financial portfolio, which encompasses various revenue streams such as music sales, touring, endorsements, and other ventures, may have given rise to the extra tax amounts.

As a result, high-earning individuals like Beyoncé need to ensure that they have competent financial advisors and tax professionals. 

Notice of Deficiency

Receiving a Notice of Deficiency from the IRS can be a stressful experience for any taxpayer. This notice informs you that the IRS has assessed additional taxes, penalties, or interest on your tax return.

You have two options: pay the amount assessed by the IRS or file a petition with the United States Tax Court if you disagree.

If you decide to file a petition, you must do so within 90 days of receiving the notice. It's important to remember that pursuing a petition with the Tax Court can be a challenging endeavor that demands a significant investment of both time and energy. Therefore, it's highly recommended to consult a tax expert before taking any action.

Why is Beyoncé disputing it?

Beyoncé is disputing the $2.7 million that the IRS claims she owes because she believes that the agency disallowed millions of dollars worth of deductions for her charitable contributions.

According to her representatives, Beyoncé has always been committed to giving back to her community and has made significant contributions to various causes over the years. However, the IRS has allegedly denied many of her deductions, citing issues with documentation and other technicalities.

This dispute is not just about the money, but also about the principle of fairness and the importance of supporting charitable causes. She believes that she has "acted reasonably and in good faith." 

What happens next? 

It has been revealed that Beyoncé filed the petition as a single taxpayer and did not mention her husband Jay-Z, which is very common for high-earning married couples. As such, this issue is something that can only be handled on her end. According to Forbes, most issues in Tax Court are settled by agreement without having to physically go to court, so the case may not reach that point.

We are currently unsure of when Beyoncé and the IRS will come to an agreement, especially since she is currently on a world tour. Stay tuned for any updates!