Actress Kirstie Alley paid an overdue tax bill this week on a Florida mansion whose tax certificate went to an alert investment company that spotted the bill before she did.
Alley’s representatives were told of the overdue property tax bill by a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Stephen Thompson, on Thursday. The former “Cheers” actress and Jenny Craig spokeswoman owed $41,395.23 in taxes, penalties and interest on a $1.73 million waterfront home in Pinellas County, Fla. After he contacted Alley’s representatives, they informed him that they were unaware of the tax bill because the comedienne owned so many different properties. Once they were informed, they contacted the Pinellas Tax Collector’s Office and arranged to pay the full amount.
The amount included the original $36,431.88 in gross annual taxes, plus interest, late fees and penalties. However, a Cincinnati investment company called Slingshot Funding LLC had spotted the overdue tax bill before Alley’s representatives heard about it. On June 1 they bid for the tax certificate on the property and won it, so they will now be able to profit by about $3,000 once the payment has been received.
Alley paid $1.8 million in 2008 for the mansion, which includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The home was previously owned by Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. If Alley had failed to pay the overdue tax bill by April 2013, Alley risked losing the home. In May, she finished in second place on “Dancing with the Stars” with dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
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