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Sean P. Means
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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, listens to a question during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
Redford fighting $1.57 million tax bill in New York

Actor, filmmaker and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford is suing the state of New York over a nine-year-old tax bill.

Redford has filed a complaint in state court in Albany, according to a Reuters report, demanding the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance stop trying to collect $1.57 million in personal income taxes — a bill New York says Redford owes from the income he made selling part of his interest in the Sundance Channel back in 2005.

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In the complaint, Redford said he paid his income taxes on that sale in Utah, where he is a resident, and that none of the transaction took place in New York — so the state of New York doesn’t have a claim on the income.

New York sent Redford a bill in May, saying that proceeds from the sale are "New York source income." The state of New York is seeking $845,066 in taxes plus $723,404 in interest.



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