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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Wesley Snipes Indicted on Tax Fraud

posted by on October 17 at 12:21 PM


If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in jail.

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Can somebody, anybody, show me where in the constitution it states that U.S. citizens have to pay taxes on wages. By signing your W-2 you are actually telling the government that you are volunteering, willing to pay them a percentage of your wages. Look it up! Oh, and guess what the IRS is NOT part of the U.S. government. Imagine that!

Posted by Momma | October 17, 2006 1:21 PM

The Constitution gives the government authorization to levy taxes. It doesn't say that citizens "have to" pay, but it also doesn't say that the government can't throw people in prison for refusing to pay.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 17, 2006 1:49 PM

Let me guess, Momma - you're one of those wacky people who think all the public benefits you enjoy just fly out of Ole' Unca' Sam's ass, and that you don't have any obligation to pay for them, right?

Posted by COMTE | October 17, 2006 2:01 PM

Wow. I read the document at smokinggun, and Snipes got himself hooked into something crazy. The guys were a "Christian ministry" running a bullshit tax scam based on the nonsensical idea (echoed by Momma above) that the IRS has no authority. Wrong, kooks, wrong!

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2006 2:38 PM

It's not as crazy as it sounds. A lot of corporations and hedge funds (which, by the way, are almost totally unregulated -thanks, Congress!) are playing a similar racket by stashing cash and assets in foreign companies' accounts, then using phantom trading to show losses for tax purposes when they actually made massive profits.
God Bless the USA!

Posted by Andrew | October 17, 2006 3:26 PM

That's not the game Snipes was playing, though. His advisors were playing the "IRS doesn't exist" game, which is a lot stupider. I love the "Christian ministry" cover, too. If Snipes is smart he'll plead out and give them everything on the scum who run these scams.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2006 3:52 PM

oh my, miss noxema jackson got caught witholding from the government!

too bad, because he's going to prison with a reputation for being a drag queen already.

what a great movie. now i must rent it in his honor.

Posted by to wong foo, thanks for everything, wesley snipes | October 17, 2006 4:27 PM

Dear Wong Foo: I shall change this posting's photo in your honor. "Thanks for everything."

Posted by David Schmader | October 17, 2006 4:33 PM

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