One of the stars of the beloved 1970s TV drama series “Little House on the Prairie” is in hot water with the IRS. The Detroit News reports that the agency says actress Melissa Gilbert failed to pay more than $360,000 in federal income taxes.
Gilbert, who lives in Michigan with her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, attributed the problem to her stalled acting career, the economy and a past divorce, the paper notes.
In a statement to the publication, Gilbert, 51, said: “Like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard. That, plus a divorce and a dearth of acting opportunities the last few years, created a perfect storm of financial difficulty for me.”
The actress indicated that she has worked out a plan to make payments to the IRS.
The report notes: “The IRS filed a $360,551 tax lien against Gilbert on Feb. 3. She owes federal income taxes from 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to the lien, which is filed with the Livingston County Register of Deeds.”
Said Gilbert: “I’ve set up an installment plan to fully pay off my debt and will continue to work as hard as I can to erase this debt and dig myself out of this hole. I am absolutely positive that I can do it.”
Gilbert filed for divorce from actor Bruce Boxleitner in 2011, the report notes.