Steve Harvey was a recent guest on Earn Your Leisure, where he discussed how he discovered he owed the IRS $22 million following the death of his accountant.
It turned out that his accountant had been defrauding him for seven years by stealing and pocketing his tax return money.
Steve shared the following:
My accountant passed away, and a girl who worked for him called my attorney and said, ‘We have an issue.’
She discovered on the floor all seven years’ worth of my tax filings – signed and stapled with the checks.
As a result, I’m thinking, ‘I have already signed and stapled the checks.’
To be sure, they were cashing the cheques — retaining the funds and failing to submit the required tax forms.
Steve Harvey clarified…
The accountant did not pay the checks made out to the IRS, but he removed the corresponding monetary amounts from Steve’s account.
Due to Steve’s lack of financial oversight, he assumed the funds taken from his account were just his IRS payments being cashed.