Actor Robert Redford is suing the state of New York for what he says are unfair taxes from the sale of the Sundance Channel.
Mr. Redford, a Utah resident, sued the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany County Supreme Court on July 30, claiming that he’s being doubly taxed on money his company made when it sold off its portion of the channel in 2005, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
New York is taxing the actor-director $845,066 plus $727,404 in interest owed — roughly $1.57 million — for the money he made in the sale, but Mr. Redford said he already paid taxes on the revenue in Utah.
He is seeking “a declaratory ruling on a pure question of law concerning the constitutionality of imposing on plaintiff, a nonresident of the State of New York, a personal income tax on the gain derived from the sale of an ownership interest in a limited liability company,” Courthouse News Service reported.
Mr. Redford claims his tax assessment is “inconsistent with Article 16, section 3 of the New York Constitution.”
He is asking for a declaratory judgment that he doesn’t owe the money, plus costs.