Little house, gigantic tax debt on the prairie

Could there soon be a lien on that little house on the prairie? Melissa Gilbert, the actress who’s best known for her role on the TV series Little House on the Prairie, owes the Internal Revenue Service over $360,000 in back taxes.

The IRS placed a tax lien against the 51-year-old actress, on January 22, 2015.

According to the documents, the Register of Deeds in Livingston County claims Gilbert has unpaid taxes over the course of the past three years. The notice states that Gilbert owes $219,989.09 for the 2011 tax period, $99,404.94 for 2012 and $41,156.69 for 2013, all totaling $360,550.72.

“Like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard,” Gilbert said in a statement to E! News via her rep. “That, plus a divorce and a dearth of acting opportunities the last few years, created a perfect storm of financial difficulty for me. 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.”

She added: “I am absolutely positive that I can do it.”

Currently, Gilbert reportedly resides in Howell, MI with husband Timothy Busfield as well as their two younger sons. She confirmed via her Twitter account last week that she and her family will soon be on the move, but they plan to still reside in Michigan.

“It’s official. We are moving,” she wrote. “In a couple of weeks. Into our own Little House in the Big Woods. I’m serious. It’s a log house in the woods!”
“Will you still be in Howell, MI?” one fan asked to which Gilbert replied, “No, but we’ll be close by.”

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