According to the Christian Science Monitor, you’ve got to give Wesley Snipes some credit. He really must think the US government and the IRS are stupid if he believes they’ll accept his appeal and overturn his recent conviction on tax evasion charges and the subsequent three year jail term. But, according to Wesley Snipes, it wasn’t his fault he didn’t file his taxes. No, he didn’t really mean not to pay taxes, he was just “stupid” (or as Snipes put it, “unschooled in the science of law and finance”) when he followed the advice of an anti-tax group and refused to file his tax returns. And now he wants a new trial.
He’s even blaming his ex-financial adviser, Kenneth Starr, who was arrested last month on his own charges of securities fraud. This even though Starr says he told Wesley Snipes to ignore the anti-tax group and pay his almost $3 million tax bill.
Wesley Snipes says however, because it was Kenneth Starr who says he told Snipes to file his taxes and because Kenneth Starr has now been arrested, then he (Snipes) deserves a new trial or dismissal of the tax evasion conviction. Anyone with half a brain though is probably asking about now “How does he work that out?”. Snipes didn’t pay his taxes, so how does an ex-financial adviser’s arrest make Snipes conviction null and void? In actual fact, except within Wesley Snipes’ warped logical skills, it doesn’t. And there’s one big reason for it.
There could be some small iota of truth to Snipes saying Kenneth Starr is lying about telling him to pay his taxes, if not for something Snipes himself did. For a man who insists he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong, then why did Snipes hide the almost $3 million he was supposed to pay the IRS in taxes in offshore bank accounts and sham companies.? Only a guilty man tries to cover up after himself and Snipes certainly ran around doing a lot of “covering up” for a man who didn’t know what he was doing was wrong. And that’s the action that’s going to burn him.
To the average tax payer, who hates paying taxes but bites the bullet and does it, Wesley Snipes’ greed is unfathomable. During the three years in which he didn’t pay taxes, Snipes made more than $13 million acting in various movies and doing public appearances. Out of that $13 million, he owed the IRS $2.7 million. Sure, that’s a lot of money but still leaves him with $10.3 million, a sum most of us won’t see in a lifetime. So, why did he think it was remotely acceptable that he not only didn’t pay his fair share, but tried to hide the money, lied about it then attempted to blame someone else for his actions? And why do his lawyers say the three year jail sentence Snipes was given was “unreasonable”?
Let’s face it, if anyone else had refused to pay almost $3 million in back taxes, they’d be getting the same three-year sentence Wesley Snipes got. Unreasonable? No, really not.
So, Mr. Snipes, why don’t you imitate one of the action heroes you’re so fond of playing in your ramped-up movies and “Man Up”. You did the crime, now do the time and stop complaining about it. Nobody here is listening.
Wesley Snipes Tax Evasion Case Hoping For New Trial – Christian Science Monitor