Apr 7 2013
Wesley Snipes released from prison after serving three years for tax evasion (just in time for tax day!)
The Daily Mail with thanks to Nic
Amazing isn’t in. In America you can murder your wife and despite the evidence still get away with it.
Fuck me, you can even kill arguably the most famous singer in the world and only get 4 years.
But avoid paying tax, despite there being no law to say you have too, and it doesn’t matter who you are – you’re going to prison whether you like it or not.
To be honest, Wesley Snipes incarceration was kept a bit fucking quiet. I certainly didn’t know about it.
So, if one of the most famous stars in the world can get three years for not paying his tax. Do the ordinary American Joe’s get the death penalty?
PUBLISHED: 20:21, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41, 5 April 2013
After nearly three years in prison, Wesley Snipes is almost free man.
The Blade star was released this week from a Pennsylvania prison and transferred to house arrest after being admitted in 2010 on charges of federal tax evasion.
According to TMZ, the 50-year-old actor left the McKean Federal Corrections on Tuesday, several months shy of his 36 month sentence.
Snipes is no longer listed as an inmate at the rural facility, and is now listed on the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons as being under the watchful eye of the New York Communty Corrections Office.
Officers will keep a watchful eye on the actor as he finishes out his sentence under home confinement, which the FBP lists as July 19.
His release is — ironically — just two weeks before tax day.
The Passenger 57 actor was found guilty of not paying as much as $15million in dividends to the government for his earnings from 1999 to 2001.
His lawyers argued that his tax advisers, Douglas P. Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn, who were also jailed, had duped their client with a claim that there were no laws requiring him to pay tax.
He also expressed to CNN’s Larry King that he was ‘nervous’ of his impending stay at the minimum security white-collar facility, which works its inmates from dawn until dusk doing chores such as landscaping and food service.
He was also given limited contact with his family — he is the father of five children — as inmates only have 300 minutes of call time per month and conjugal visits were not allowed.
‘I think any man would be nervous,’ Snipes said.
‘Given the length of time that they are suggesting that I be away from my family, away from my profession, away from my ability to provide for my family and for those who have depended upon me to contribute to society… I think anyone would be nervous about that.’
While in prison Wesley had tried to appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court, but was turned down and ordered to finish out his term.
No word yet on how soon before Snipes jumps back into acting.
The Florida-born performer is best known for his roles in Jungle Fever, Blade and White Men Can’t Jump.
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Wesley Snipes Turns 50 In Prison But Didn’t File False Tax Return
Wesley Snipes just celebrated his 50th birthday—in federal prison. The film star remains there over tax charges. See Actor’s depressing 50th birthday. You may think Snipes was mislead by advisers or just plain foolish to end up in jail over tax charges.
Maybe, but he’s not alone and it could have been much worse. After all, Snipes was convicted of failure to file, a misdemeanor. Filing falsely is a felony. You can be prosecuted for failure to file or for filing falsely.
You must file a tax return each year with the IRS if your income is over the requisite level. Snipes is over, way over. As Snipes’ misdemeanor convictions show, failing to file carries smaller penalties than filing fraudulently.
The U.S. taxes all income wherever you earn it. So forget arguing that only foreign-source income is taxable, making your domestic income exempt. There is a convoluted argument that foreign income is different, but don’t bother making it.
In fact, a variation of this bogus theory is the one that got Mr. Snipes in trouble, consigned to three years in prison. Stay away from other crazy arguments too.
Example: You file your original return April 15 and state you aren’t subject to income taxes because they are unconstitutional and you are not a slave to the federal government. You had better file an amended tax return properly reporting your income and paying your tax before the IRS contacts you to tell you they disagree with your original return. See Ten Tax Protestor Claims To Avoid.
Once you’ve filed your return, you can’t be prosecuted for failing to file an amended return, even though something may happen after you file that makes clear your original return contained mistakes. Yet if you knew the return was inaccurate when you filed it you should amend it to make it accurate without delay.
The IRS rarely brings up an originally filed return in audits or criminal prosecutions once the taxpayer comes forward and attempts to correct it by filing an amended return. But to take advantage of this rule you need to be proactive. You need to make the correction before the IRS finds your error.
In 2008, Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns. He reported to prison on December 9, 2010. He was initially sentenced to McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in northwest Pennsylvania. He is now at the adjacent prison camp, a minimum security Club Fed, where he is inmate number 43355-018.
According to E! Online, this federal prison camp houses roughly 290 white-collar inmates. Remember Snipes in “White Men Can’t Jump“? Perhaps in his new digs Snipes should start shooting a sequel: “White-Collar Men Can’t Jump.”
In his immensely successful screen life, Snipes normally cares about film release dates. But his next release date is more important: He’s scheduled for a July 19, 2013 release. That means less than a year to go.
Ja Rule gets 28-month prison sentence on federal tax charges
Ja Rule was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison for failing to file tax returns for three years. The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, had begun a two-year prison sentence in June after pleading guilty to a 2007 weapons-related charge.
“I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal,” the 35-year-old said minutes before being sentenced in a New Jersey federal court. “I was a young man who made a lot of money — I’m getting a little choked up — I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me, so I made mistakes.”
Currently serving the state sentence at Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, Ja Rule appeared in court Monday handcuffed and wearing a yellow jumpsuit.
The majority of the 28-month federal tax sentence can be served at the same time the Grammy nominee is doing New York state prison time, a judge ruled when he was sentenced for attempted criminal weapon possession. Police had found an unlicensed, loaded, semiautomatic weapon in the rapper’s Maybach after pulling him over for speeding after a July 2007 concert in New York.
He entered guilty pleas in the state weapons case in December and the federal tax case in March.
Depending on his release date for his New York sentence — good behavior and the like could take that down to as little as 18 months — he could serve an additional four to 12 months due to the federal sentence.
Though in the federal case he’d taken the hit for three years of unfiled returns, Ja Rule had admitted blowing that financial obligation for five years, a prosecutor said. He also was ordered to pay $1.1 million in back taxes on more than $3 million earned from 2004 through 2006.
Ja Rule’s attorney, Stacey Richman, said her client was a talented high-school dropout who had not had the business prowess to handle sudden fame. In asking the judge for leniency, Ja Rule said he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.
“My business is very ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ ” the married father of three told the judge. “The longer I’m away, the longer it’ll take me to get back to doing what I need to do to actually pay these taxes.”
In addition to his music career, Ja Rule has appeared in more than a dozen movies, including “The Fast and the Furious” and “Scary Movie 3.”
Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Mack had asked the judge not to let him off with no jail time on the federal charges, saying a message had to be sent.
“The court should impose the same sentence it would impose on someone who is not a celebrity,” Mack said.