Global music icon Andrea Bocelli is at war with the IRS after being slapped with a $ 8.4 million federal tax bill, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The legendary Italian tenor, singer-songwriter and producer – who regularly gives sold-out performances in the US – got the hefty bill last October.
According to documents from the New York City Department of Finance, Bocelli appears to have an unpaid balance of more than $ 4 million as of the 2016 tax year and an additional $ 4.4 million as of 2017.
The submission has not been fulfilled.
But in a statement to DailyMail.com, Bocelli’s management team insisted that the huge bill was due to an “ clerical error ” at the IRS and NOT that Bocelli is avoiding his taxes.
Andrea Bocelli, the legendary Italian singer-songwriter and producer – received a hefty $ 8.4 million bill from the IRS last October. But in a statement to DailyMail.com, Bocelli’s management team insisted that the huge bill was due to an “ clerical error ” at the IRS
A spokesperson said Bocelli is not in arrears and that they are now trying to resolve the issue.
The address provided in the federal return for Bocelli is associated with a Manhattan accounting firm called GC Consultants, which is run by managing partner Giuseppe Brusa.
GC Consultants provides tax compliance and advisory services to foreign companies and individuals operating in the US market.
The address provided in the federal return for Bocelli is linked to a Manhattan accounting firm called GC Consultants, run by managing partner Giuseppe Brusa, who lectures on international tax compliance
Brusa, who speaks with a thick Italian accent, is featured in a YouTube video lecturing on international tax compliance. He declined to comment when DailyMail.com reached out.
Bocelli, who is estimated to be worth about $ 100 million, traveled to America regularly to sing for the COVID-19 crisis, with his final performance in the country in Charlotte, North Carolina in February.
Clearly, the opera superstar, famous for songs like Time to Say Goodbye, The Prayer and more recently collaborated with Ed Sheeran on the hit single Perfect, is charging mouthwatering fees in the region of $ 1.5 million per concert.
A spokesman for the tenor told DailyMail.com that Bocelli’s team worked with the IRS to resolve the error.
Andrea Bocelli has no outstanding taxes due to the IRS in the US, the spokesman said.
The IRS issued a tax lien on Oct. 21, 2019. In 2016 and 2017, we claimed tax credits as withholding tax in Andrea Bocelli’s Italian tax return and they were unable to apply or find the withholding amount deposited by the withholding agents.
“This is an administrative mistake on the part of the IRS, not Andrea Bocelli, his promoters or representatives.”
The spokesperson said Bocelli’s 2016 tax bill has since been ‘cleared’ by the IRS, but the 2017 bill is still being resolved.
According to New York City Department of Finance documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Bocelli appears to have an unpaid balance of more than $ 4 million as of tax year 2016 and an additional $ 4.4 million as of 2017
The successful singer is not short of money.
He owns a beautiful 8,000-square-foot villa on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, where he lives with his wife Veronica and his three children, Amos, 25, Matteo, 22, and Virginia, eight.
The former hotel called Villa Alpemare is the definition of luxury off the coast of Versilia, Tuscany, the same region where he grew up.
The three-story powder pink property adjacent to the beach appeared in Architectural Digest magazine in June 2019 and features a first floor living and dining room, offices, music studio and second floor guest rooms and bedrooms. and private areas at the highest level.
When he moved to Bocelli, he spent a fortune renovating the main house.
The wealthy singer also owns the Alpemare Beach Resort across the street, which he acquired in 2017.
In the US, the star owns a grand mansion in Miami’s exclusive Keystone Point, which has seven bedrooms and a large pool that overlooks Biscayne Bay.
In July, Bocelli was spotted enjoying much-needed sun and relaxation on a luxury yacht in the French Riviera.
The blind singer, who recently recovered after contracting COVID-19, was handsome when he took a dip in the ocean off the shores of posh St Tropez.
Bocelli was joined on the yacht by wife Veronica, 36, who also serves as his manager.
Bocelli owns a beautiful 8,000-square-foot villa on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, where he lives with his wife Veronica and his three children, Amos, 25, Matteo, 22, and Virginia, eight.
Bocelli is not tied for money and is often seen in relaxation mode while he and his wife Veronica Berti were out of the sun on a yacht in St Tropez last month
The three-story powder pink property adjacent to the beach features a living and dining room on the first floor, offices, a music studio and guest rooms on the second floor, and bedrooms and private areas on the top floor.
Superstar Bocelli has won the Best-selling Classical Artist at the World Music Awards four times, six BRIT awards, twice for Album of the Year, Best Selling Classical Album and Outstanding Contribution to Music, and a Golden Globe for The Prayer in 1999, sang together. Celine Dion.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in his home country.
On Easter Sunday, Bocelli’s Music for Hope concert from the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan broke the YouTube record for the most watched classic live stream ever.
Bocelli’s performance, which started with Panis Angelicus when images of empty streets in two COVID hit Italian cities were shown on screen, ended with Amazing Grace sung outside the cathedral, has drawn some 40 million viewers to date.
Bocelli revealed he survived COVID-19 in March and is pictured donating his blood plasma to researchers looking for effective ways to fight the disease
On Easter Sunday, Bocelli’s Music for Hope concert from the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan broke the YouTube record for the most watched classic live stream ever
According to reports, Bocelli met with the taxpayer in Italy in 2000 when the tax authorities opened several investigations into Italians living in tax havens.
In 1997, Bocelli stopped paying taxes in Italy and registered as a resident of the tax haven Monaco.
“The tax police have been conducting checks for several months, and I have been helping them in a dedicated and constructive way,” Bocelli told Rai at the time.
“So far there are no differences,” he added.
According to a report in the weekly magazine Panorama in August 2000, the tax authorities checked whether Bocelli was really a resident of Monaco. It is clear that Bocelli made it through the investigation unscathed.
Today, the beloved singer lives again in his homeland Italy.