Tyler Perry reveals that he had to fire his accountants after they failed to let him know that he was owed $9 million in return.
During the Earn Your Leisure Conference, the filmmaker spoke about his career and the things that he experienced on the journey. “Money isn’t something that I had and nobody taught me that taxes had to be paid,” he said.
“I didn’t go to college, but I paid for Harvard many times over in the mistakes that I made,” he added. Perry explained this situation as he was telling the story of being audited by someone from the IRS when he discovered that the agent was really into learning what he was doing with his money.
“So this audit went on for three years,” the actor said. “I’m spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in accounting with accountants for the audit and I am getting so mad, and so frustrated.” He continued, “We get to the end of the audit and they, the IRS, owed me $9 million.”
He went on to talk about his decision to fire his accountants after the mishap. “Everybody gone! I had to stop going to H&R block for my taxes at some point. I learned in progress and it’s okay.”
Perry continued, “Listen to me: In business, it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to learn. You have to learn, but don’t let it keep happening over and over again. That’s one thing about me. I’ll let you make a million mistakes, but you can’t do the same thing over and over again. That’s how I run my business. Here’s the mistake. Let’s fix it; let’s move forward.”
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