Blade don't gotta pay no taxes
Wesley Snipes indicted for tax fraud
Actor charged with failing to pay nearly $12M, failing to file for 6 years
Federal prosecutors said Wesley Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds in 1996 and 1997 on taxes already paid, and then failed to file returns between 1999 and 2004.
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WASHINGTON - Movie actor Wesley Snipes was indicted Tuesday on eight counts of tax fraud accusing him of trying to cheat the government of $12 million in false refund claims.
Snipes, 44, also failed to file tax returns for six years, according to an indictment unsealed in Tampa, Fla.
Federal prosecutors said that Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes already paid. The indictment also charged him with failure to file returns between 1999 and 2004.
According to the indictment, Snipes had his taxes prepared by accountants with a history of filing false returns to reap payments for their clients. As part of the deal, the indictment alleges, the firm, American Rights Litigators, would receive 20 percent of refunds from clients.
Snipes faces a maximum of 16 years in prison.
Snipes, who had a home in Windermere, Fla., has not been arrested because authorities don’t know where he is, the IRS said.
In 2002, the Justice Department sued a Florida tax preparer who it said filed bogus tax refund claims, including a $7.3 million demand for Snipes.
Snipes was not named as a defendant in that case, but the lawsuit said the preparer’s largest claim was an amended income tax return filed on behalf of the actor and dated April 14, 2001. The return requested a $7,360,755 refund for taxes paid in 1997. The return said that Snipes’ adjusted gross income was zero, according to the lawsuit.
It said the preparer, Douglas P. Rosile Sr., told clients that only income from foreign sources was subject to taxation. The resolution of that lawsuit could not be immediately determined.
Snipes is the star of the star of the “Blade” trilogy and as well as films such as Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever,” and the 1992 blockbuster, “White Men Can’t Jump.”
In 2005, South Africa refused to admit him after officials said he tried to enter the country with a forged passport.
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Where's Willie Nelson when you need him? I'll bet Wesley is on the road with good old Willie. Good Luck Boys. Maybe we got the makings of another Dukes of Hazard here???
It amazes me that folks with the assets to pay the very best advisors, consultants, accountants and lawyers can fall for scams like this. Then again he is a actor. You know, the folks that want you to know that they know it all. How to run the Country, who’s the best politician, how to fight a war Blah, blah..
Our 100Q Woopoo chips commemorate infamous tax scam artists. Eddie Kahn of “American Rights Litigators” represents the Hee-Haw contingent of the tax protestor movement. “Without any doubt, the most stupid of all the ‘professional’ tax protesters. Mr. Kahn's ‘arguments’ are so utterly juvenile and worthless as to barely worth the space I am using to type this sentence.” ~ Taxes.com
Eddie caters to the dumbest of the dumb, and his theories for not paying taxes are thus the dumbest of the dumb. Eddie has claimed variously that he can’t find the Form 1040, that the IRS was not created by Congress and apparently just materialized out of the blue, that the IRS doesn’t have the power to collect taxes, that the United States doesn’t actually include the states, but is actually limited to the District of Columbia, that all the money collected from taxes goes to the International Monetary Fund (Eddie doesn’t say who pays for our aircraft carriers, but what the hey), and that so long as keep out of the Social Security Program that you’ll never have to file taxes. All of these theories have lost in court, see Tax Protestor Dummies. It seems that if somebody has tried a theory, lost, and then gone to jail that Eddie will then take it and advocate it as gospel.
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