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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Action star Wesley Snipes will spend three years in jail for misdemeanour tax charges

Wesley_snipes_mugshot_2 Action movie star Wesley Snipes was sentenced today to three years in prison.

Federal prosecutors wanted to make an example of Snipes in looking for the maximum penalty for misdemeanour tax charges.

From 1999 to 2004, Snipes earned $38 million from playing staring roles in movies including the popular Blade series.

Snipes paid no taxes on this money. He claims he got tax advice that he didn’t have to pay. This advice came primarily from tax denier and protester Eddie Ray Kahn.

Kahn is part of the growing tax protest movement in the US that claims either that income tax is unconstitutional or that the 16th Amendment, which grants Congress the power to tax, was never properly ratified. These claims have never held up in court.

A hero in this tax denier movement is the late Aaron Russo. Russo, who died last year, produced a documentary on the subject called America: Freedom to Fascism. He is also advisor emeritus to Jews for Ron Paul.

In the movie series Blade, Snipes plays the character Blade, a half-man, half-vampire superhero who hunts vampires to protect humankind. But it’s one thing to take on fictitious bloodsucking vampires; it’s quite another thing to take on the IRS.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on April 24, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Millionaire entertainers are the first ones to tell the rest of us to open our wallets for this, that or the other thing - but when it comes to their money it's different, they don't think they should have to pay taxes. Screw them.

Posted by: philanthropist | 2008-04-25 12:01:22 AM

Why don't they freeze him like Simon Phoenix in "Demolition Man?"

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 5:33:01 AM

I hope he gets to watch his movies while in the clink. Maybe he will see how lousy his movie choices have become. He used to be worth watching...Passenger 51. Now he's just a tax evading hack.

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-04-25 10:39:39 AM

I always thought he should have gone to jail for "Demolition Man".

Posted by: Darrell | 2008-04-25 12:32:44 PM

So this wasn't just a case of forgetting to file a claim? If he was put up to this by someone trying to encourage a tax revolt, does it become a conspiracy? I suspect there might be more charges coming, unless Wesley prefers to take the full rap.

Posted by: dp | 2008-04-25 12:43:19 PM

The conspiracy charge didn't stick, dp. Prosecutors did try, though.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-04-25 1:15:03 PM

He finally knows what a real parasitic blood sucker is. They are far more dangerous than fiction.

Posted by: abc | 2008-04-26 2:11:11 PM

Wow. Just wow. Would have thought thate here, on a so-called conservative and libertarian site, that there would be some sympathy for Snipes. He has the natural born right to pay, not pay, delay paying, and/or telling the IRS where to shove it. "tax evading hack"?!? Typical conservatives. "yes, yes, harumph, we should lower the base rate on the first order of the margin and thereby increase, harumph, over all revenues,,,,,blah blah blah blah.
Snipes should be regarded as a hero. Full stop, neo-fascists. Its HIS money, not yours, and not your perverted Uncle Sam's.

Posted by: Mackleberg | 2008-04-26 4:25:57 PM

Whoa Whoa Mackleberg, I'm with you. Snipes is a hero.

Posted by: abc | 2008-04-26 6:18:20 PM

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