According to Law360, the U.S. government told a Pennsylvania federal court on January 8, 2024, that it should be allowed to collect on $903,000 in unpaid tax liabilities of the "Empire" television show actor Terrence Howard.
Howard has yet to formally respond to a December 2022 complaint, the U.S. government argued in a , with his lone attempt being leaving a voicemail for government counsel.
According to the complaint, Howard owes more than $550,000 in unpaid income taxes alone after failing to fulfill his liabilities for the 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2019 tax years, plus applicable penalties and interest.
Initial attempts to serve the complaint were unsuccessful until it was personally received by Howard's spouse at his California residence in July after multiple extensions, according to court records.
Howard was again served in October, but failed to respond by the court-imposed deadline. Default was ultimately entered against the actor in December.
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