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Bronson farm is a horse of a different color, says IRS

WEST WINDSOR, Vt. -- Movie actor Charles Bronson and his actress wife Jill Ireland say their Vermont horse farm is a legitimate business. The Internal Revenue service says it isn't.

The Bronsons are appealing the IRS ruling.

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The couple, who bought the Arabian horse farm in the early 1970s, have appealed the IRS assessment for 1977 and 1978 and deny they owe the federal government $148,581 in taxes.

Zeuleika Farms earned a gross income of $2.7 million in 1977 and $926,174 in 1978, according to papers filed in U.S. Tax Court in Washington. The couple took a business deduction of $293,458 for running the farm, but the IRS claims the horse farm is not a business.

But farm manager Jane Ashley said Wednesday there are now 25 horses on the 200-acre farm; half being boarders, half belonging to the Bronsons. Ms. Ashley said there was 'absolutely no doubt' the Bronson farm is a business.

The couple is reportedly spending the summer at the West Windsor farm.

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