Wesley Snipes gets 3 years for tax evasion
byApr 25th 2008 9:00AM
Yesterday, a federal judge William Terrell Hodges of Federal District Court.sentenced him to 3 years in prison for willfully failing to file a tax return. That's the maximum sentence for the 3 misdemeanor counts, and it seems that the judge is looking to make an example of Snipes. He also must pay $17 million in back taxes plus interest and penalties.
Mr. Snipes' lawyer said he would appeal.
Wesley Snipes is the most prominent example in years of the government's efforts to crack down on tax deniers -- people who claim that they are not obligated to pay taxes.
For some examples of the arguments tax deniers use -- and why they don't work, check out this great series from Tracy Coenen.