Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Joe Francis Sues IRS for Retaliatory Tax Lien


Web CPA reports this morning that Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has filed a lawsuit against the IRS for illegal collection activities:

[S]hortly after the judge accepted his plea deal [he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of filing false tax returns and was sentenced to the nearly year in prison that he had already served and required to pay $250,000 in back taxes, interest, and penalties], the IRS filed a lien for $33,819,087.14 for three years of back taxes, from 2001 to 2003.

Francis claims in his lawsuit that the IRS moved to freeze his assets within three hours after he left the courtroom, according to He claims that the only circumstances under which assets can be frozen are if the taxpayer is preparing to flee the country, if the taxpayer is attempting to move assets out of the reach of the IRS, or if the taxpayer appears to be going bankrupt.

Francis contends that the only reason the IRS would be trying to freeze his assets is revenge and he is asking the judge to unfreeze his bank account.

The Tax Lawyer's Blog picks apart Mr. Francis's argument.  In unrelated news, Mr. Francis has threatened to sue Gawker for bestowing on him its "Douche of the Decade" award.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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Since when an academic blog covers celebrity gossip crap?

Posted by: Arvish | Dec 30, 2009 8:24:25 PM

This is a lien, not a bank levy. Joe has access to his funds to keep producing videos that will embarrass girls once they sober up. Too bad that there isn't a video of "Inmates Gone Wild" with Joe when he was in prison.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 29, 2009 6:33:08 AM