*Dionne Warwick was just a couple of months away from the possibility of getting her years long legal battle against the IRS resolved, when along comes Donald Trump‘s government shutdown, putting her case on an indefinite hold.
Warwick had a trail date of March 6 set, after first filing back in 2013. However, a New Jersey federal judge notified Warwick, 78, that her lawsuit against the IRS has been suspended.
It’s real simple. The order states that due to the federal government not being funded by Congress, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney Office for the District of New Jersey will be shut down.
In case you’re wondering, the shutdown does not affect all federal courts, but it does suspend all cases involving the United States Government as a defendant — which in Warwick’s case, it does. So, until the federal government is funded, nothing is gonna happen.
Oh yeah, speaking of the the shutdown, remember, the orange a-hole in the White House told reporters on Friday that the shutdown could last for months or years, depending on when he got the border wall funding he has been demanding.
— Cj (@vinylhabibi) August 10, 2017
Here’s more from The Blast:
Warwick finally got a trial date last month. The court has cleared four days off the calendar and the trial is scheduled to begin March 6, 2019, in New Jersey.
Dionne filed for bankruptcy in 2013, with assets totaling only $25,500 but liabilities in the amount of $10,727,429. She blamed a business manager for her finances being a mess. Most of her debt was tax-related with $6,964,466.87 being owed to Uncle Sam.
The case has dragged on for years due to the singer suing the government over her issues with the tax division. Warwick was seeking a court order discharging her $7 million tax debt from 1990 – 2008 and for a judge to order the IRS not be allowed to seize her assets over the debts.
The debt was discharged in her bankruptcy, but the feds contest the validity of wiping clean her debt.
At one point in the battle, Dionne Warwick even accused the IRS of violating a court order when they tried to seize her assets over alleged unpaid taxes for 2011-2012 totaling $71,408. She demanded they be sanctioned for not following the judge’s order to not touch her money until the outcome of the case.
Meanwhile, the feds fired back saying they only discovered the $71k owed because the singer allegedly failed to report income on her returns.
In any event, to be continued …