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WSB-TV: Georgia files $700K in tax liens against Todd and Julie Chrisley ('Chrisley Knows Best')

This was posted on Thursday, January 23, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Georgia has filed more than $700,000 in liens against "Chrisley Knows Best" stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, who allegedly evaded paying state taxes by pretending to live in Florida, where there is no state income tax, according to a Channel 2 Action News investigation.

The liens in question are for a single calendar year of 2009.

The Chrisleys did not file state income taxes from 2004 to 2011, according to a former bankruptcy trustee who had seen their tax paperwork. So it's possible the state may file other liens. Georgia has up to seven years to collect the lien.

In several court filings, both Chrisleys acknowledged living in Georgia, WSB-TV found. But their estranged son Kyle told WSB-TV that his father went out of his way to ensure they didn't pay taxes, even if it meant masquerading as Florida residents.

The family has not responded to Channel 2 inquiries. (On March 30, TMZ caught up with him at an airport and he denied he owed anything, paperwork notwithstanding. And TMZ said $800,000. If you see the paperwork, it's $700,000. Somebody can't add.)

"Chrisley Knows Best" is a USA reality program masquerading as a sitcom with Todd the eye-rolling, perpetually annoyed dad with no particular job but a penchant for interfering (lovingly) into his kids' lives.  The show was a hit as soon as it debuted in 2014 and is now in its fifth season. The show averaged 2.8 million viewers last year, the ninth most popular prime-time show shot in metro Atlanta.

The Chrisleys left metro Atlanta last year and now live in Nashville. Tennessee - like Florida - has no state income tax.


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