Robert Redford hits New York state with lawsuit over Sundance tax bill

ROBERT REDFORD is suing New York state officials over accusations he was unfairly handed a $1.6 million (£948,128) tax bill for revenues from his Sundance U.S. TV network.

In 2005, the Hollywood veteran sold a portion of the interest in the network, which is based in Park City, Utah, where Redford resides and runs the rest of his Sundance business projects.

On Tuesday (05Aug14), he filed suit at the New York Supreme Court against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and its commissioner, Thomas H. Mattox, stating he was handed an invoice for $845,000 (£500,730) in taxes and $723,000 (£428,448) in interest stemming from the sale.

Redford alleges officials at New York's tax department wrongly ruled the profits from the sale count as income on the state's tax return, and he insists the money has already been accounted for in a tax return filed in Utah.

The lawsuit also states, "Plaintiff did not use his ownership interest in Sundance T.V. Inc., nor did he use his indirect ownership interest in Limited or Channel, in any trade or business carried on by him in New York.

"Further, Plaintiff did not have any property, payroll or receipts located in or deemed attributable to the conduct of a trade or business in New York."

Redford is asking for a judgment in which he will not have to pay the outstanding bill on the New York taxes, as well as reimbursement of all his legal fees.

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