Aretha Franklin’s Lawyer Says Her Back Taxes ‘Were Paid Prior to Her Death’ as Estate Is Audited by IRS

Aretha Franklin is being pursued by the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service claims the singer, who died on Aug. 16 of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at age 76, owes more than $6.3 million in back taxes from 2012-18 in addition to $1.5 million in penalties, according to court documents obtained by TMZ on Thursday. “The IRS has filed its Proof of Claim in the ordinary course of the Estate proceeding,” attorneys for the Aretha Franklin Estate told PEOPLE in a statement.

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