When Aretha Franklin died in August she left behind a legacy as the undisputed “Queen of Soul” … and also a huge debt to Uncle Sam.
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, the IRS claims Franklin owes more than $6.3 MILLION in back taxes from 2012 to 2018, and an additional $1.5 mil in penalties.
Aretha’s reps tell us the massive tax lien is the result of several audits over the last 6 years. The weird thing … one of the years in question is listed as 2018, and that tax year is not over.
We broke the story … the “Respect” singer’s being dogged in death by more than just the tax man — her lawyer also filed docs in October demanding the estate pony up nearly $54k to cover bills dating back 6 years.
There’s also a new lien filed by a publishing company that wants $136,000 for royalties in connection with the 1973 song “Angel.”
Say a little prayer for the person managing her finances.