Melissa Gilbert, “half-pint” from Little House on the Prairie, is all grown up now and is facing a grown-up problem. A $360,000 tax bill to the IRS. Now given, it’s not the $5 million tax bill that Al Sharpton is facing, but she doesn’t have friends in the White House, either.
Gilbert, 51, blamed the tax debt on a stalled acting career, the economy and divorce.
“Like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard,” Gilbert said in a statement to 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.”
It would appear that Ms. Gilbert was hoping for some work in Hollywood and neglected to set aside the IRS’ portion of her income. She’s not the first to do this, assuming that’s what happened, and she’s not likely to be the last. Nor would she be the first to have a divorce eat her lunch. And dinner.
It appears she’s got better financial advice these days.
“I’ve set up an installment plan to fully pay off my debt and will continue to work as hard as I can to erase this debt and dig myself out of this hole,” she said. “I am absolutely positive that I can do it.”
Gilbert has a history of tax problems that followed her from California to Michigan. The state of California has filed $112,527 worth of tax liens against her since 2013.
Melissa, we wish you the best. Unlike Al Sharpton, who owes upwards of $5 million, you seem to be trying to work it out.
And you’ve got a lot of company. 36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes.