Feb 24 2014, 8:24pm CST | by Poch de la Rosa
The Associated Press has more on the development in a Feb. 24 update:
"The two-page filing dated Friday says only that Durant and his company -- K. Durant Enterprises LLC -- had agreed to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Durant in December against Joel Lynn Elliott in federal court in San Jose, Calif. The filing does not say whether there is a settlement.
"Attorneys for Durant and Elliott did not return phone calls to their offices.
"The lawsuit alleged that the California-based Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant's taxes without proper documentation. It alleged professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract and sought $200,000 for each of the three counts."
More specifically, a Feb. 18 TMZ report states Elliott classified personal fees to Durant's chef as a business expense.
Part of the lawsuit states,"Fees paid to a personal chef would not be regarded by a reasonably prudent accountant as qualifying for a business expense deduction."
Durant maintains this is just one of Elliott's many misplaced transactions which got him in trouble with the IRS. It reached a point when his tax returns dated 2007 to 2011 were so disorganized, he had to tap another firm to straighten everything out, per the TMZ report.
"I think the game a little bit more. I would say two years ago it started to slow down for me and I started to see the game in a different light as far as being a scorer, being a facilitator, defender. So it slowed down for me in the last three years.
"And I definitely have to get better to get where I want to be. But my goal is just always learn from my mistakes, stay strong for my team throughout the tough times and adversity and have fun at the end of the day. And everything else I feel is going to take care of itself."
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