IRS: Melissa Gilbert Owes Us $360K

But no worries, her hubby says it's no big deal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2015 9:40 AM CDT
IRS: Melissa Gilbert Owes Us $360K
Actress Melissa Gilbert hands out Christmas lunch at the Los Angeles Mission in downtown Los Angeles Monday, Dec. 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – The latest celebrity in trouble with the IRS: Melissa Gilbert. The agency says the former Little House on the Prairie star owes $360,551 in federal income taxes. "Like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard," the 51-year-old actress tells the Detroit News. "That, plus a divorce and a dearth of acting opportunities the last few years, created a perfect storm of financial difficulty for me."

Her current husband, Timothy Busfield, adds—in a quote that will remind you celebrities are not exactly just like us—that the debt is "not a big deal" and is simply "a product of what happened with the economy"; it dates to the 2011-2013 period. Gilbert says an installment payment plan is in place. California, where the current Michigan resident previously lived, has also filed $112,527 worth of tax liens against Gilbert in recent years. (She's not alone; check out more stars with tax troubles.)

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