Joe Jackson has a mysterious benefactor ... who just bailed him out of tax debt ... and we think we know who that person is.
Joe owed just over $70,000 in back California taxes ... way back, as in 1996.
Joe just didn't pay ... but suddenly -- 4 days ago -- the debt was cleared.
Joe doesn't have a lot of spare cash lying around these days, so who paid the dough? It's highly unlikely/out of the question that the Michael Jackson Estate anted up for Joe.
So the logical person is the one we're going with -- Katherine Jackson, who gets around $100K a month from the Estate. And even though Katherine and Joe don't live together, he has a lot of influence over her. And there's this ... his last known address is Katherine's house.
Educated guess, but we'd put money on it.
Someone Bailed Me Out of Tax Debt
2/24/2014 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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