Nearly six years after Whitney Houston’s death, the late singer’s estate has finally reached a settlement in its legal battle with the IRS. According to The Blast, Whitney’s estate has been ordered to pay $2 million — which is far less than the $11 million originally owed.
In court documents filed last month, it’s stated that Whitney’s estate must pay a total of $2,275,366. Not long after the “I Have Nothing” songstress passed away in 2012, the IRS determined that her estate underreported her assets by $22.6 million. Therefore, the IRS alleged that Whitney’s estate owed $11 million.
However, Whitney’s estate fought back and claimed that the IRS made a mistake, insisting that the $11.7 million price tag they placed on her music royalties, digital performance royalties, motion picture and TV residuals, and publicity rights was accurate. Thankfully, the opposing parties’ recent settlement saved them from a trial that was previously scheduled to begin in February.
Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2004. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
As previously reported, Whitney died on Feb. 11, 2012, at the age of 48 after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Three years later, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown — whom she shared with ex-husband Bobby Brown — was also found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home. Bobbi Kristina died at age 22 in July 2015 following a six-month medically induced coma.
Back in June 2016, Bobby opened up about the heartbreaking losses of his former spouse and his daughter in an emotional interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s 20/20. “The same thing that happened to my daughter, it happened to Whitney,” the “My Prerogative” crooner said at the time. "The hardest thing I had to do in my life was tell my daughter to let go. My baby's gone. I thank God I'm still here.”