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Lerner Is Sued For Back Taxes

March 07, 1986| From Reuters

NEW YORK — Broadway lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, best known for "My Fair Lady" and other hit Broadway musicals, has been sued by the U.S. government for more than $1.4 million in back taxes and penalties.

The lyricist, who now lives in London, was accused of failing to pay taxes owed on his income for a four-year period from 1977-1981--more than $1,442,400, according to a civil suit brought in the Federal Court House in Manhattan.

Lerner is also renowned for his lyrics to the Broadway shows "Camelot," "Brigadoon" and "Paint Your Wagon," as well as the movie and stage musical "Gigi."

Last year the government began a suit against publishers and others who are entitled to his royalties in the government's attempt to claim its back taxes.

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