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IRS Sues Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner For ‘Erroneous’ $670,493 Tax Refund

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Hal Steinbrenner (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hal Steinbrenner (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is suing Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner over what it calls an “erroneous” tax refund of more than $670,000.

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Tampa, Fla.

The dispute dates to the 2001 tax year and involves a refund the IRS paid in 2009. The IRS says the refund claim was filed too late and has sued Steinbrenner and his wife, Christina, to recover $670,493.78.

Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion says Steinbrenner’s representatives hadn’t received any prior notices from the IRS.

“Hal Steinbrenner’s representatives had no knowledge of the lawsuit and had received no prior notices regarding this matter from the IRS or any other governmental agency,” McGillion said in a statement.

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