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Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes
patch.com ^ | 12-6-12 | William Demarest

Posted on 12/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST by Mozilla

Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox.

Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000.

“At a time when Rockland County and New York State face severe fiscal shortfalls, we cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes," Zugibe said. "The defendant's repetitive failure to file returns and pay taxes over a period of several years contributes to the sweeping cutbacks and closures in local government and in our schools. My Office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who cheat our tax system for their personal gain.”

(Excerpt) Read more at pelham.patch.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: stephenbaldwin; taxes

1 posted on 12/06/2012 6:58:01 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Of course they’d go after Steven.

He’s leans too far to the Right.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 7:00:49 PM PST by digger48
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To: Mozilla

uh-oh!


3 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:01 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: digger48

Yeah that’s what I was thinking.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 7:02:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: digger48
He's not his moronic brother but he would vote for him.

Baldwin Brother Feels Obligated to Vote for Alec if He Runs for Mayor

5 posted on 12/06/2012 7:02:38 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Mozilla

There has to be many leftist that owe taxes.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:33 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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On his Titter page he says he’s been trying to work things out for some time. Whatever that means.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:49 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Mozilla

When do you think the guillotines will be set up?


8 posted on 12/06/2012 7:08:36 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

There has to be many leftist that owe taxes, but are quick to tell us that we need to pay more taxes.

There, fixed it!


9 posted on 12/06/2012 7:09:34 PM PST by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Mozilla

Round Up The Usual Suspects

10 posted on 12/06/2012 7:12:05 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Cyclone59

Does Soros or Buffett owe 9 years of taxes or something?


11 posted on 12/06/2012 7:16:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Wicket

“When do you think the guillotines will be set up?”

If we lt Martial law and Obama’s brown shirts in the streets. But things are rapidly moving to a conflict. I think conservatives hold the upper hand. I say the economy tanks more, and states secede. Then problems begin.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 7:19:59 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Rush Limbaugh’s amazing story of dealing with the New York State tax collectors:

“They even wanted to visit my house in Florida and the New York apartment to see if I was lying.”

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/02/11/judge_out_of_state_ny_property_owners_must_pay_ny_income_tax


13 posted on 12/06/2012 7:20:14 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: GeronL

Warren Buffett owes taxes.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/warren-buffett-owes-1-billion-in-back-taxes/


14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:22:28 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Ah, but he’s a liberal so that doesn’t count. Did Timmy Geitner ever pay up?


15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:29:13 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Mozilla

Not paying taxes: Class E Felony

Not providing evidence you’re qualified to be president: No federal statutes apply


17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:30:58 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Mozilla

The tax gestapo is coming. Wait until Obamacare is in full effect.....”Citizen you have failed to provide form 2320-B to the IRS as required by the HHS Sec. you are under arrest” Just wait until they can cross check voting records at the Dr’s Office.....I’m sorry Mr. Smith you didn’t vote for Dear Leader Obama you are denied the back operation here is your Gov’t mandated Tylenol.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:44 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Mozilla

tax evasion and not filing are different things.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 7:36:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mozilla

He should use the Al Franken defense and say he just forgot.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 7:36:01 PM PST by MNnice
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To: Wicket

“Did Timmy Geitner ever pay up?”

According to Wiki, Tim Geithner subsequently paid the IRS the additional taxes owed,and was charged $15,000 interest, but was not fined for late payment.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 7:39:40 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Does this mean he automatically gets an Obama Cabinet post?


22 posted on 12/06/2012 7:40:02 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: DoughtyOne

*ouch*


23 posted on 12/06/2012 7:42:03 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Mozilla

Tax evasion refers to attempts by individuals, corporations or trusts to avoid paying the total amount of taxes owed through illegal means, known as tax evasion fraud. This may include underreporting income, misrepresenting deductions, offshore tax evasion strategies, or or failing to file returns in a timely manner. Tax evasion penalties can have serious repercussions. The government imposes serious tax evasion sentence and penalties on offenders, including prison terms and hefty fines, for tax evasion.
Cost of Tax Evasion

The U.S. government estimates that approximately 3 percent of taxpayers do not file tax returns at all. While not filing taxes can involve both civil and criminal penalties, these are usually related to the amount of tax owed. For example, if a taxpayer does not owe any taxes, the penalties for not filing are less serious. However, failing to file a tax return for a year in which you do owe taxes is a crime. For each year a taxpayer does not file a return, the penalty can include a fine of up to $25,000 and a prison sentence of up to one year. If the IRS can demonstrate that the individual or company willfully did not file in an attempt to evade taxation, the IRS can pursue a felony conviction, which could include a fine of up to $100,000 and a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Although incarceration is rare, the threat is very real. Therefore, the best course of action is to file an accurate tax return on time every year. This is true even if you don’t have the money to pay the entire tax bill. In these cases, the IRS will work with you to set up a payment plan. If you need for more time to prepare an accurate tax return, such as owing to insufficient records, you can request an extension of time to file.

If individuals or corporations file tax returns late, the IRS can levy a penalty or a “late filing fee” of 5 percent for every month the return is late up to a maximum of 25 percent of the total tax due. However, the IRS usually does not pursue criminal charges against taxpayers who file their tax returns late. It also tends to extend more sympathetic treatment in collecting taxes to those who file on their own before the IRS “catches up with them.”

Even if you have not filed taxes for many years, it is best to file missing returns late. The IRS computers do not automatically search for a taxpayer’s history, and the IRS wants to encourage non-filers to begin filing taxes.

Tax Filing Errors

A similar situation applies to those who have file erroneous returns that may include underreporting income or overstating deductions. Individuals, corporations or trusts can file amended returns at any time to correct errors and avoid criminal prosecution.

The IRS has nearly 3000 special agents trained to detect tax evasion. These agents have access to tax returns, the ability to gain access to further financial information, and the right to seize or freeze assets in an attempt to collect taxes.

http://www.lawfirms.com/resources/tax/tax-fraud-and-tax-evasion/penalties-tax-evasion.htm


24 posted on 12/06/2012 7:46:43 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

The religious Baldwin? Well, that’s a drag, I’m sending up a prayer for the guy.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 7:46:48 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: South40

I thought Alec was supposed to move to Canada if Al Gore lost?


26 posted on 12/06/2012 8:01:18 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Mozilla
. For example, if a taxpayer does not owe any taxes, the penalties for not filing are less serious.

If there was no income there is no penalty at all.

27 posted on 12/06/2012 8:02:52 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Wicket
When do you think the guillotines will be set up?

Guillotines? It's the 21st century. The regime is gonna use Predator Drones.

28 posted on 12/06/2012 8:13:17 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Mozilla

Periodically, the regime makes an example of one of the sheep by turning it into lamb chops. It’s a warning to the sheep to keep in line.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 8:17:29 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Mozilla

How can it be referred to as “cheating” when one refuses to file or is unwilling to play the game?


30 posted on 12/06/2012 8:20:43 PM PST by semaj
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To: Mozilla
“At a time when Rockland County and New York State face severe fiscal shortfalls, we cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes," Zugibe said.

Yeah, live it to a liberal to throw in a line about class envy. How about investigating moochers on disability?

31 posted on 12/06/2012 8:25:38 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: digger48

Meanwhile, Al Sharptongue, who owes over $4,000,000 in back taxes is invited to the White House to discuss raising taxes on everybody else.

DemoncRATS are nothing if not the most cynical of hypocrites.


32 posted on 12/06/2012 8:27:03 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: smokingfrog

Most smart people who get substantial income will file both Federal and state returns whether or not they calculate that they owe taxes, in order to trigger the statute of limitations for audits. It sounds odd, still, that the accusation against him is one of not filing, rather than failing to pay taxes due, even though they believe the due amount is several hundred thousand.


33 posted on 12/06/2012 8:37:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: donna

We Texans have it really good.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 8:51:57 PM PST by Orange1998 (Please DO NOT PRESS CTRL W)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It looks like he lost his home to foreclosure in 2009. If he couldn’t pay the note on the house, he probably didn’t pay all the taxes either.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2270610/posts


35 posted on 12/06/2012 9:02:38 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Not talking of real estate taxes, but income taxes. Due to the way he gets income, on a 1099 like a self employed contractor I believe, he was supposed to do self withholding and pay in the taxes as he went. If he didn’t, thinking it might get him out of his hole without a reason to believe that he would have legitimate tax deductions, then he quickly got in dutch. It would have been better to pay the damn taxes, and file for bankruptcy.


36 posted on 12/06/2012 9:07:45 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Oh yeah - NY State income tax. Just got finished reading how Rush had to jump through hoops to prove he didn’t owe income tax because he was living and working in FL, but because he still had his NY penthouse, they wanted their piece of the pie.


37 posted on 12/06/2012 9:15:44 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

A smart taxpayer will file in all places he had some nexus to, even if there are jurisdictional issues, to show that no tax was earned subject to that state and to trigger the statute of limitations on audits.


38 posted on 12/06/2012 9:23:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Mozilla

We’re here from the government and we want our money or we’ll break your thumbs.


39 posted on 12/06/2012 9:28:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: Mozilla

Barney Rubble says the gubmint is tryin' to Grab-A-Dab-A-Dough!!

40 posted on 12/06/2012 9:28:53 PM PST by MCH
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To: semaj

Because you are playing the game whether you want to or not.


41 posted on 12/06/2012 10:04:27 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: GeronL
tax evasion and not filing are different things.

If the result of not filing is paying less taxes that you owe, you are guilty of tax evasion.

42 posted on 12/06/2012 10:05:33 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: Mozilla

Is Stephen going Galt?


43 posted on 12/06/2012 10:08:55 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: smokingfrog
On his Titter page he says he’s been trying to work things out for some time. Whatever that means.

I assume that he's been arguing with the state over how to allocate his revenue between different states. That's a common problem in this age of voracious tax appetites and people who work/earn money in different states.

California wants taxes on 100% of his revenue, whether earned in New York or California. New York wants taxes on 100% of his revenue, whether earned in New York or California. I don't know that this is the case, but I would place a wager that it is. As I say, it's not uncommon.

An additional factor that I've run into is incompetence (perhaps, but perhaps malevolence targeted at Obama detractors) on the part of states (Michigan) that sent out notices of non-filing back to 2008. Of course, I had copies of the filings with canceled checks, and of course the state imputed income and tax that I should pay.

It's simply politically motivated harassment, IMO.

44 posted on 12/07/2012 4:52:45 AM PST by jammer
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To: Mozilla

I know a gal who is in her mid-40’s and has never, ever filed a 1040 US tax return. I think she filed one state income tax form to prove state residency for in-state tuition purposes. She hasn’t had a ‘real job’ in over 10 years. She’s had income taxes deducted but never bothered to collect her refund.

Could she go to jail?


45 posted on 12/07/2012 5:31:24 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14
My understanding of the law is as follows; irs not NY. You can be jailed for not filing paperwork, or filing false paperwork. You can not be put in jail for not paying your taxes if you file. The key is to file to stay out of jail. Also the penalty is 25% on not file, 10 to 15% for not paying.
I am not a CPA and do not play one on TV.
46 posted on 12/07/2012 5:36:06 AM PST by Quick Shot
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To: digger48

The guy hasn’t paid his taxes in years...is that a conservative value?


47 posted on 12/07/2012 5:40:27 AM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Mozilla

If possible he should file a discrimination lawsuit against the state for having arrested him (a conservative) while they chose not to arrest Timothy Geithner for failing to pay back taxes while working at the New York Fed.


48 posted on 12/07/2012 7:44:18 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (Us and Them...)
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To: GeronL

Buffett, apparently doesn’t want to pay HIS fair share.


49 posted on 12/07/2012 7:45:57 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (Us and Them...)
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