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Whitney Houston's Estate Reaches $2 Million Settlement in Battle with IRS

By TheBlast Staff

Whitney Houston's estate has reached a deal with the IRS to pay $2 million in taxes, which marks a huge victory for the estate considering they originally were told they owed $11 million.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the estate filed documents on December 26 agreeing to pay the amount of $2,275,366.

Following Whitney’s death, the IRS determined the estate had underreported the singer’s royalties, residuals and value of her image by $22.6 million. The IRS alleged that meant the estate owed them $11 million dollars.

Whitney’s estate claimed the IRS was wrong in their value determination. They alleged the values they determined for her music royalties, digital performance royalties, motion picture and TV residuals, and publicity rights (which they valued at $11.7 million) were all overvalued by the IRS, and claimed their tax returns were accurate.

A trial was set for next month, but the parties were able to reach a deal prior to going to court.

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