Erika Jayne claims she can't pay $2.2m taxes

Erika Jayne claims she cannot afford to pay her huge $2.2M tax bill… after refusing to give up $40K glam squad saying ‘certain things you don’t downsize on’

  • Erika Jayne allegedly owes $2.2M in taxes dating back to 2019
  • In legal docs, she claims she doesn’t have the ‘ability’ to pay the bill
  • Comes after she recently refused to ‘downsize’ on her $40k a month glam squad
  • The 50-year-old is embroiled in estranged husband Tom’s bankruptcy case  

Erika Jayne’s money troubles and legal woes are showing no signs of wavering, as it’s been revealed she is now struggling to pay off a huge tax bill – despite recently refusing to ‘downsize’ on her rumored $40K-a-month glam squad. 

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – who has been caught up in estranged husband Tom Girardi’s 2020 bankruptcy case – has claimed that she is unable to pay $2,226,985.77 in California state taxes from 2019. 

It comes after the 50-year-old said on a recent episode of RHOBH: ‘You can downsize and we’ve downsized, right? Certain things you don’t downsize on and that’s your glam.’

Money woes: Erika Jayne has claimed that she is unable to pay a $2.2M tax bill… after revealing on RHOBH that is also refusing to give up her $40K glam squad

But in legal documents obtained by PEOPLE, it is stated that Erika claims she does not have the ‘ability’ to pay the California tax board, after receiving a notice from administers in May this year. 

The filing reads: ‘I am in the midst of trying to figure out the basis of this tax bill with the assistance of my business manager, who is also an accountant. I do not have the ability to pay the [California Franchise Tax Board] tax bill.’

Erika states in the docs that she is unsure if the tax board is ‘claiming any sort of lien’ in regards to her $750,000 pair of earrings which she has been asked to return due to Tom’s bankruptcy case. 

It had been previously alleged in court filings that the earrings were bought via at client trust at Tom’s law firm Girardi Keese and written off as part of tax expenses. Erika was ordered to return the items to help pay off Tom’s creditors.

‘I never worked at the law firm of GK,’ Erika stated in her filing. ‘I never managed the finances of GK. I never had access to or knew anything about how TG or GK managed any of their client trust accounts.’

‘At the time, based on everything I knew, TG and our marital community had extensive net worth and TG and GK had very high income. I had no reason to doubt or question the source of funds used by TG to buy the earrings,’ she added.

‘I never knew or heard anything from anyone to the effect that any of the gifts that TG had given me at any time, including the earrings in 2007, were bought using money that did not belong to TG or that belonged to someone else.’

‘During our marriage, I believed that TG and GK were financially successful, extremely wealthy, and made large amounts of money,’ Erika added, and made it clear that Tom ‘handled all of our marital finances’ and that she had ‘absolutely no involvement in or knowledge’ of their business practices. 

Erika’s ex-husband Girardi was accused of embezzling millions of dollars meant for the 2018 Boeing plane crash victims, and as a result, both have had to give up their lavish lifestyles 

Erika was originally named with her estranged spouse in the December 2020 class action lawsuit filed by Edelson PC, accusing them of fraud and embezzlement in connection with funds earmarked for victims of the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died.

In January, she was dismissed from the ongoing lawsuit filed against against Girardi in Illinois, however, the dismissal is not necessarily a legal win for the star. The case will be re-filed in a different jurisdiction.

Tom was once worth an estimated $264million, and the pair moved out of their luxury Pasadena mansion following the scandal.

She announced in November 2020 that she and powerhouse attorney Tom had split after 21 years of marriage.

In this week’s episode of RHOBH, Erika defended her financial choices during a trip to Mexico with her fellow housewives, where she had brought along her hair and makeup team. 

‘You can downsize and we’ve downsized, right? Certain things you don’t downsize on and that’s your glam,’ she explained in a confessional as shots of her getting her tresses combed back and lips done were shown on screen. 

Interspersed throughout her admission, shots of her blonde extensions, various jewelry, and cases of makeup were shown. 

‘Certain things you don’t downsize on’: Despite suffering financial woes after getting embroiled in a legal battle alongside her ex-husband Tom Girardi, Erika Jayne is refusing to sacrifice her $40k per month glam team

That’s Xxpen$ive! Viewers were shown all the makeup her glam team had brought along for the trip to Mexico 

Erika compared her choice to fund her lavish lifestyle with those who choose to have large families. ‘Fashion, hair, makeup – to me, it’s art. Living art, and I enjoy that. And it shouldn’t be judged any other way. Nobody judges if people wanna have big families. I wanna buy a bunch of clothes.’ 

In contrast, fellow housewife Crystal Kung Minkoff views the extra expense as unnecessary. ‘I don’t even want to pay for my own hotel room,’ she says. 

‘I’m not trying to pay for other peoples and their flights and their food and paying them. I can just put on some lip gloss and I’m good. I would just never go out with glam, why spend the money, it’s ridiculous!’ 

Throughout, Crystal is shown applying her own eye shadow and lip gloss with a ‘No Glam Team’ annotation attached to her name. In 2018, Erika admitted she spends upwards of $40,000 a month on her beauty routine. 

‘If you want to look good—it’s hair, it’s makeup, it’s wardrobe, and then those people that help facilitate that…they’re not cheap,’ Erika said on The Wendy Williams Show. 

The reality star and pop singer is also known for boasting about her expensive lifestyle, particularly in the song Xxpen$ive, featuring the line: ‘It’s expensive to be me.’ 

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