Aretha Sings Foreclosure Blues

Lawyer's $445 tax mistake puts Franklin's Detroit pad at risk
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2008 2:05 PM CDT
"It was a mere oversight on my attorney's part," Aretha Franklin said of $445 in back taxes that have her facing foreclosure on her Detroit mansion. "It will be taken care of immediately."   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Aretha Franklin’s mansion is in foreclosure after the Queen of Soul flubbed her taxes, reports. Franklin owes $19,192 in back taxes, but she says she’ll pay before the March 31 deadline. The singer faults her lawyer for a 2005 mistake over $445 in taxes and late fees that pushed the Detroit home, valued at $712,000 into foreclosure.

“It was a mere oversight on my attorney's part to notify me,” Franklin told the Detroit Free Press. “It will be taken care of immediately.” The slate-roofed Detroit mansion has a three-car garage and backs onto the Detroit Golf Club. It was built in 1927, the AP reports.