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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have had better years.

We may ultimately find that they’ve had worse. But between their separation and fleeing their infested home, this is not the 2023 that they’d hoped to see.

And now there’s a new revelation. A new debt.

This time, it’s landing them in legal trouble — in the form of a state tax warrant. Oh no!

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott pose for portrait at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Paddington 2” After Party on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Getty)

We’re not here to make fun of Tori’s plight or her family’s misfortunes.

That job apparently falls to Tori’s realtor “just doing his job,” apparently.

But we are going to talk about the New York City state tax warrant. And it’s not as new as you might guess.

Tori Spelling sported platinum wavy locks and a colorful ensemble in this photo from 2022. (Instagram)

The bad news is that you don’t want a tax warrant or a tax lien against you. It sucks.

The good news is that it’s only for $324. Tori and Dean aren’t even close to “rich” by Hollywood standards, but that’s a manageable debt for almost all economic brackets.

The weird news is that the warrant’s filing was on April 20, 2022. So, as we said, this is nothing new — and predates their 2023 issues considerably.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott in 2019
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott pose here on the red carpet of an event in 2019. (Getty)

This has happened before

In 2018, Tori and Dean ended up with a state tax lien of $31,091.

They faced a federal tax lien amounting to $184,390 and a judgment lien for $17,730 in 2017.

And in 2016, they had a state tax lien for $259,108 and a federal tax lien for $707,487. So they have had much bigger run-ins in this department.

Parents Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott pose with children Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn, and Beau at the Beverly Hilton in June 2023. (Instagram)

Those are some very large numbers and most of us have a hard time understanding how someone could owe more than $1 million — no matter how many kids they have.

We don’t know the inner workings of Tori and Dean’s finances. We know that they’ve had other debts, like their infamous battle with American Express.

Their careers aren’t where either of them hoped, and it’s possible that they’re just not good with money. Or perhaps a series of emergencies caused this — we do know that, for years, they’ve had now-explained health issues.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Together
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have never seemed to have the happiest marriage on the planet. We’re just saying. (Getty)

Can no one help?

Honestly, there’s a lot about our financial system that straight-up sucks.

We don’t really think of Tori and Dean as being in the bracket of people who must accrue debt in order to simply stay alive, but perhaps just a few mistakes have snowballed into their current predicament.

However, there is someone very close to them who could wipe out all of these debts with the wave of a hand. More or less.

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Candy Spelling is the mother of famed but troubled actress Tori Spelling, and widow of TV mogul Aaron Spelling. (Getty)

By estimates, Candy Spelling — Tori’s mom — has a net worth of about $600 million.

She inherited the lion’s share of the late Aaron Spelling’s estate when he passed, while Tori received about $800k. That’s 0.13% of her mother’s fortune.

It’s not that anyone begrudges Candy for inheriting her husband’s money. It’s just that a lot of people find it hard to understand why things are so hard for Tori when Candy could so easily change things.

Finn Davey McDermott, Hattie Margaret McDermott, Stella Doreen McDermott, Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, and Beau Dean McDermott attend Cold Stone Creamery Backstage at 2019 Teen Choice Awards on August 11, 2019. (Getty)

Candy has indicated a willingness to help Tori with her upcoming divorce. Financial assistance could come in many forms.

Some wonder if a major factor in Candy withholding more obvious help all along (like, say, simply financing a home and utilities) was simply Dean. By all accounts, she did not approve of the marriage.

But we do not know Candy’s inner thoughts or finances. Not any more than we know details of Tori’s accounting books.