The purple pop star may be in the red to France for 2009-10 performances.
Prince Rogers Nelson, the recording artist known as Prince, failed to comply with a summons issued by the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of French tax authorities, the United States said Monday.
The IRS asked the pop singer to appear in response to a request from its French counterpart "to examine the French income tax liability of Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson for tax years 2009 and 2010," according to the documents filed in federal court in Minneapolis.
Nelson, who has had a few tax problems in Minnesota, hasn't responded, the IRS said. The petition asks the court to enforce the summons. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Oct. 18 before U.S. District Judge David S. Doty.
The French government lodged its request in July 2011 in a letter listing several concerts it believed Prince had played in France during the two years in question and asking for additional documentation about the relationship between the artist and the production and recording company Paisley Park Enterprises.
The rock star, who has a history of paying his taxes late in Carver County, had to make amends for $1.3 million in delinquent property taxes that he owed for 2009 and 2010 on his Chanhassen property, which includes Paisley Park.
Last year, a 20-acre piece of property that Prince owns in Chanhassen narrowly averted being publicly auctioned when the musician made good on the outstanding mortgage.
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