Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert onstage at the Atlanta Ultimate Women's Expo on May 3, 2015. Paras Griffin—Getty Images

Melissa Gilbert to Pay Off Owed Taxes By 2024, Campaign Says

Aug 12, 2015

Actress-turned-politician Melissa Gilbert, the former Little House on the Prairie actress who is seeking a Michigan congressional seat in 2016, will pay off the $470,000 she owes in state and federal tax liens by 2024, her campaign said Tuesday.

“Melissa was caught in a perfect storm of financial difficulty, which is why she initiated an honest conversation with the IRS,” the campaign said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. “Together they set up a payment plan that will allow her to pay back her federal taxes over approximately 8 1/2 years and her California taxes over approximately 46 months.”

The 51-year-old announced Monday that she would seek a seat in Michigan's 8th Congressional District as a Democrat in her first political campaign ever, though her tax liens were first reported in June. Republication Rep. Mike Bishop currently holds the seat.

Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, had a $127,752 lien filed against her and her former husband in Los Angeles as far back as 2005, according to legal records, with others filed since then.

[Free Press]

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