A new court filing by the Internal Revenue Service claims the estate of legendary singer Prince undervalued its worth by at least $80 million.
The IRS valued Prince’s estate at $163.2 million, a number much higher than the $82.3 million valuation submitted by the estate’s administrator Comerica Bank and Trust, according to Minnesota’s Star Tribute. Furthermore, the report explains the gap is tied to Prince’s music publishing and recording interests.
If the new estimates are correct, the estate owes $32.4 million in addition to what has already been paid plus an additional $6.4 million for “accuracy-related penalty.”
EW has reached out to the IRS, the attorneys on file representing the estate, and Comerica Bank and Trust for comment.
Prince died on April 21, 2016 of an accidental overdose of fentanyl at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota at the age of 57. He died without a will leaving his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings have legitimate claims over the estate. Comerica has requested a trial be held to settle the valuation issues, though this path could prolong the settlement for many years and would cost the estate more in legal fees.
Sharon Nelson, one of Prince’s sisters, spoke to Billboard in 2019 over her frustrations with Comerica over their “thousands of court filings” which have cost the estate “millions in legal fees.”