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Crime Wesley Snipes tax evasion 2006 Surrenders to police

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#1 Mark

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 05:14 AM

Mark: Even making the money he's bound to make, this man won't even pay his taxes. :no:

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Blade star Wesley Snipes surrendered to police on income-tax-evasion charges Dec. 8 at Orlando International Airport and was released on $1 million bail after appearing in court, wire news services reported.

Snipes could face 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 17 on charges he illegally claimed tax refunds of almost $12 million. The indictment also said he failed to file income tax returns from 1999 through 2004.
...there's more on the link.

WTF was he thinkin'? That he could get by with it?   :nono:
I wonder if he'll actually do jail time (like any other non-rich American would if convicted), or if he'll be able to buy his way out of it? :thumbs-down:
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:13 AM

Snipes Tax Fraud Case

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According to the indictment, Snipes had his taxes prepared by accountants with a history of filing false returns to reap payments for clients. The firm American Rights Litigators would receive 20 percent of refunds from clients, according to the indictment.

Like all wealthy people, he had people who did this for him....prepared and filed his taxes...

And no doubt gave bad advice.

Maybe he knew all about it and maybe he simply did not check up on what they were doing in his name.   That is something that the courts will have to decide.

Edited by trikay, 10 December 2006 - 09:16 AM.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:03 AM

trikay writes:

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Like all wealthy people, he had people who did this for him....prepared and filed his taxes...

And no doubt gave bad advice.

Maybe he knew all about it and maybe he simply did not check up on what they were doing in his name. That is something that the courts will have to decide.

1) Did he bother to check the backgrounds of the people who did this for him? Was he referred to these people by trustworthy friends/business associates?

2) As to the second-that is the height of irresponsibility. As the old saying goes, "there are no friends in business." You can't put your complete trust in anyone like that, when it comes to your finances.

:rolleyes:
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:14 AM

View PostDigital Man, on Dec 10 2006, 09:03 AM, said:

trikay writes:

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Like all wealthy people, he had people who did this for him....prepared and filed his taxes...

And no doubt gave bad advice.

Maybe he knew all about it and maybe he simply did not check up on what they were doing in his name. That is something that the courts will have to decide.

1) Did he bother to check the backgrounds of the people who did this for him? Was he referred to these people by trustworthy friends/business associates?

2) As to the second-that is the height of irresponsibility. As the old saying goes, "there are no friends in business." You can't put your complete trust in anyone like that, when it comes to your finances.

:rolleyes:

Very true


I don't know what he knew and if he did any checking....

Personally I know that I used H&R Block to do my taxes for several years and i still double-checked everything they did....

Of course I have a lot less money than Snipes but....I know that I'd never trust anyone to take care of my financial stuff.  Got to keep my finger on everything. :D

Edited by trikay, 10 December 2006 - 10:16 AM.

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#5 Mark

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:15 AM

Mark: The article said he didn't file taxes at all from 1999, to 2004! So, even if he was having some firm that specializes in doing tax returns, they are required by law to make sure you look over their work before you sign your approval...because after you do sign, you are legally bound to stand by their work.
(at least that's the way I remember it when I've had it done for me)

Still, if he didn't file at all...he's bound to be guilty to some extent.  :eek:
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:22 AM

Again..I wasn't there so I don't know details but there was a case several years ago where tax returns were prepared ...this was for an elderly person...and signed....but never filed.

The 'victim' involved also admitted that they trusted the person who prepared their tax documents for them so they just signed them....and never read them.

I know :rolleyes: ....the height of irresponsibility or blind trust ...and most of us would never do this but....some people are too trusting still.

I don't know what side Wesley Snipes falls on this but he is at least guilty of placing his trust (?) in the wrong people and never double-checking them.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:24 AM

Mark: Meh, they'll probably just make him pay back-taxes with some fines, and court costs. He's rich, he'll get away with it.  :smirk:
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 02:31 PM

this is an odd one; so if his tax man really did that; how much did Wesley know? and, in IRS parlance, are you the client responsible for what your tax man does even if you truly did not know? well.. yes. You are. You signed the freakin thing, with your name, attesting it's true and accurate, and legal. So if he does things you don't know.. you're screwed if IRS finds out.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 02:48 PM

You know,
a few years back there was some investigating being done on a ranch property Snipes owned and funded, I think,
that was suspected of being an anti-government camp ... a militia that trained people in martial arts or self defense ...
or something along those lines.
One of the things I vaguely recall they were looking into was if this was a tax-exempt endeavor/property or not,
but there was also some alarming rumors out of it that Snipes was actually part of a McVeigh type group.  

Wonder if and how that ties in with his current tax woes.

Edited by Nittany Lioness, 10 December 2006 - 02:49 PM.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 03:18 PM

I did a bit of research. Apparently, he thought he could write off all his movies since Blade 2 as 'total losses'.

Understandable mistake.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 07:33 PM

View PostJuris Rovvius, on Dec 10 2006, 12:18 PM, said:

I did a bit of research. Apparently, he thought he could write off all his movies since Blade 2 as 'total losses'.

Understandable mistake.

LOL! Only if he owned a piece of them and didn't take a salary. :p

It's the height of stupidity not to check up on your tax preparer, no matter who they are and how long you've known them. It's like blindly signing a contract without reading it or signing a blank check. Dumb. REALLY dumb.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:04 PM

View PostNittany Lioness, on Dec 10 2006, 02:48 PM, said:

You know,
a few years back there was some investigating being done on a ranch property Snipes owned and funded, I think,
that was suspected of being an anti-government camp ... a militia that trained people in martial arts or self defense ...
or something along those lines.
One of the things I vaguely recall they were looking into was if this was a tax-exempt endeavor/property or not,
but there was also some alarming rumors out of it that Snipes was actually part of a McVeigh type group.  

Wonder if and how that ties in with his current tax woes.

He has some pretty extreme anti-government ideas, no question.  I wouldn't be surprised.  

View PostJuris Rovvius, on Dec 10 2006, 03:18 PM, said:

I did a bit of research. Apparently, he thought he could write off all his movies since Blade 2 as 'total losses'.

Hey, the studios do it all the time.  

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Understandable mistake.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:52 AM

View PostJuris Rovvius, on Dec 10 2006, 08:18 PM, said:

I did a bit of research. Apparently, he thought he could write off all his movies since Blade 2 as 'total losses'.

Understandable mistake.

Snipes is pretty savvy when it comes to finances. A few years ago, I read an article where he mentioned that he used to do his own bookkeeping in Quicken until he reached a point of success (at the time), when the amounts just made it prohibitive to handle his own money.

I can't believe he'd really think such a thing.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 12:17 AM

:look:. Just to clarify, my first post was a joke. Maybe I should have thrown in some emoticons...
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