IRS: Actress Melissa Gilbert failed to pay $360,000 in taxes

FILE - In this June 9, 2009 file photo, actress Melissa Gilbert appears at Borders Books to promote her autobiography "Prairie Tail" in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert failed to pay more than $360,000 in federal income taxes.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1Tg5mTx ) the IRS filed a tax lien against the actress in February and details emerged after she recently announced that her family was moving from a rented home to another area home.

Gilbert blames the 2011-2013 tax debt on a stalled acting career, the economy and divorce. In a statement to the newspaper, she says that “like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard” and there was a “perfect storm of financial difficulty for me.”

Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” says she’s negotiated a payment plan with the IRS.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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