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Prince Failed to Comply With IRS Summons Over Taxes, U.S. Says

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Internal Revenue Service said Prince Rogers Nelson, known as the recording artist Prince, failed to comply with a summons issued on behalf of French tax authorities.

The IRS asked the pop singer to appear in response to a request from its French counterpart “to examine the French income tax liability of Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson for tax years 2009 and 2010,” according to the documents filed yesterday in federal court in Minneapolis.

Nelson hasn’t responded, the IRS said. The petition asks the court to enforce the summons. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Oct. 18 before U.S. District Judge David S. Doty.

The French government lodged its request in July 2011 in a letter listing several concerts it believed Prince had played in France during the two years at question and asking for additional documentation about the relationship between the artist and the production and recording company Paisley Park Enterprises.

Peter Gleekel, an attorney who has represented Prince, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment on the summons. A second attorney, Traci Bransford, couldn’t be reached because her phone was disconnected.

Dan Applegate, an IRS lawyer, declined to comment.

The case is U.S.A. v. Nelson, 12-mc-00071, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (Minneapolis).

To contact the reporter on this story: Beth Hawkins in Minneapolis at Hawkins@visi.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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