American Pickers’ Frank Fritz is behind on taxes for his $155K Iowa farmhouse after he was FIRED from show

American Pickers’ Frank Fritz is behind on taxes for his $155K Iowa farmhouse after he was FIRED from show

AMERICAN Pickers star Frank Fritz is behind on property taxes for his $155,000 Iowa farmhouse after he was fired from the hit show, according to public records.

Frank, 58, was fired from American Pickers in July after he took time off the series to recover from back surgery.


The collector currently lives in a $155,000 farmhouse in his native Iowa during his time away from the spotlight. 

The Sun can exclusively reveal Frank is behind on taxes for the home following the firing. 

According to the Scott County Treasurer’s Office, Frank has a past due amount of $1,752, which includes interest, on the home.

The taxes were due on September 1, 2021. 

He also owes the second-half of the yearly payment in the amount of $1,701, which is not due until March 1, 2022. 

Frank bought the Iowa farmhouse for $130,000 back on May 14, 2010.

As for the adjoining property that he purchased in 2013 for $25,000, Frank is $843 in tax debt, which includes interest. 

The payment was also due on September 1, 2021.

He also has a payment for $818 due on March 1, 2022. 

HOME SWEET FARM HOME

The 1,660 square-foot farmhouse sits on .79 acres of land, and features two bedrooms and one bathroom. 

The home also boasts a basement, three garages, barn and shed. 

Frank renovated the farmhouse from when he bought it, as he painted it blue with white shutters, according to photos obtained from the Scott County Assessor’s Office. 

Frank built a 3,240 square-foot warehouse in 2015.

FRANK'S SOBRIETY JOURNEY

As The Sun reported, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery, which left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine. 

During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds, as he is living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.

He also told The Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.

Frank said: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober now for 11 months.

“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me.”

Frank said of his time in treatment: “They gave me a lot of information and we were booked up for 13 or 14 hours a day. There was no sitting around watching TV or eating food. You were scheduled out for an hour, then an hour and half, all through the day.

“They really give you a lot of one-on-one time. I read 12 self-help books while I was there. I didn’t f**k around. I really got into it. I went there to learn and get the most out of it that I possibly could. 

“I had a great time there and I helped other people who were having problems too. It’s one of the best things that have happened to me.”

Frank continued that he goes to meetings "twice a week” after the stint.

He said: “I sit back and listen and if I get one thing out of one person, that’s enough. I have a couple of sponsors and I’m sponsoring people too.”

Frank said he would’ve been sober for a year if it weren't for a relapse. 

Frank was open about wanting to return to American Pickers after his hiatus, as he said: “I’d still like to get back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all those different characters.”

SAD FIRING

But Mike revealed in July that Frank had been fired from the show.

He wrote on Instagram: "I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he’s been like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani and I started back in 2009, like all of life, has come with its highs and lows, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding.

“The support that you all have given us has been a constant reminder of what the show’s message has always been; thru these places, people, and things we all have a common thread. We’re here to not only take care of the past, but also each other.”

Mike concluded: “I will miss Frank, just like all of you, and I pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey.”

Co-star Danielle wrote on Instagram of Frank’s departure: "I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I’m incredibly sad for his struggles. I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my my thoughts, not gospel. 

“I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others. Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell.”

The firing comes amid his feud with Mike. 

CO-STAR FEUD

Frank previously told The Sun of their falling out: “I haven’t talked to Mike in two years. He knew my back was messed up, but he didn’t call me up and ask how I was doing. That’s just how it is.

"The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much. 

"That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the front man. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem."

LIFE AFTER AMERICAN PICKERS

Frank previously told The Sun he is hoping for his own spinoff show after the firing.

He added: "It was maybe for four hours, but it was enough. The next day I went to a meeting and I got right back on track.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have a drink again because I don't like the feeling anymore and some of the dumb things that I did.”

Frank continued: “I’m feeling really good. Life is good and I’d like to get back into the swing of things. I wish I had done it five years ago, I would have been a different person.

“It was the best thing for me and I wish I had done it sooner or I wouldn’t be in the position that I am right now.”

The Sun reported the business license for Frank’s company, FFF Holdings, LLC, was dissolved in December 2017. 

The business was dissolved because no annual report was filed for 2017.

Though Frank currently has no active business license, his store Frank Fritz Finds in Savanna, Illinois is still up and running. 




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