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Beyoncé petitions IRS, requests trial after allegedly owing $2.69 million in back taxes

Beyoncé accepts the award for best dance/electronic music album at the 65th Grammy Awards at Arena on Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

After the Internal Revenue Service claimed Beyoncé owed nearly $2.7 million in back taxes from 2018 and 2019, she has now decided to file a petition disputing the claim.

The 41-year-old music and fashion icon filed the petition earlier this month, and has also requested a trial over the matter in Los Angeles, reports People.

A potential date for the trial is unknown.

The IRS originally dealt Beyoncé a Notice of Deficiency, which claimed she owed a total of $805,850 from 2018 and $1,442,747 from 2019, in addition to $449,719.40 in combined penalties from the two-year period.

Beyoncé’s legal team is disputing at least $868,766 of that total, arguing that Beyonce had donated that amount to charity in 2018, and therefore it should have been counted as a deduction. The petition also agues that if there’s a deficiency in her payments, she “has acted reasonably and in good faith,” and should not be required to pay it.

The Grammy winner has supported multiple charities over the course of her career, and founded her own BeyGOOD Foundation in 2013.

BeyGOOD was launched to help combat economic disparities, provide opportunities in education and promote entrepreneurialism, according to its website.

Other charitable causes dear of Beyonce’s heart have included criminal justice reform, natural disaster relief, homelessness, unemployment and equity in education.


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