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I just read where some guy who was on survivor has been ordered to prison for failure to pay taxes. Wow!Kinda reminds me of Wesley Snipes and his little 3 year prison stint for the same thing.

Now I realize that is not a crime to owe the IRS but that it is a crime to not file your proper tax forms. That I understand. But...

Why would Wesley Snipes get 3 years for not filing the proper forms with the IRS while some guy who gets drunk and runs over a little kid gets 5 years probation?

This Survivor guy has done it before so they are after him. How dare he not report to the IRS how much he made.

Prison time for failing to file is way over the top. I could see penalties and levies and all of that but not prison. Debtors prison is an old term but apparently our IRS uses it frequently.

Didn't some of our ancestors have a little thing called the Revolution about this once upon a time?

Comment balloon 8 commentsKevin Robinson • March 12 2011 10:16AM

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It is incredible how the law works for the rich and famous out there. So in better words money talks.. especially to a good attorney or two

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) about 7 years ago

Wesley Snipes was a jerk and they made an example out of him.  Not only did he fail to fill out the forms but he somehow deluded himself that the Income Tax Amendment was unconstitutional, etc. 

I agree though that we have our priorities out of line in this country. 

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 7 years ago

Same guy was just on The Apprentice TV show too. Apparently the controversy worked (and still works) for him. Crazy!

I once arrested a drunk driver twice in ONE day (actually on one shift). He was all over the road, so we went through the normal procedures, he failed miserably and I took him to jail. The judge released him ROR (released on his own recognizance) with no bail and he -I KID YOU NOT-had his friend pick up his vehicle and he, STILL DRUNK, drove it away. I rearrested him when I saw him AGAIN driving away from the jail.

Sorry, I guess you stirred up a little thing in me with the drunk driving and not enough prison or punishment. It is such a preventable thing. Drink, don't drive and put me and my family in danger. Get a cab or get a friend. Seems too easy but I have seen too many 'accidents' where stupidity was driving and real innocent people get hurt, maimed or killed.

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Posted by Larry & Jacque Ficek, Realtors - Wasilla Alaska (Alaska Dream Makers) about 7 years ago

I think you go to prison for refusal to file, not necessarily failure to file.  Didn't that Survivor guy also refuse to wear clothes? 

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. about 7 years ago

Mike- Yeah I think so on the refusal thing. My point is that refusal to file lands you in prison, sometimes, but doing all kinds of dastardly criminal acts that actually hurt people, might not. Also, I amking the case for aboloshing the IRS and income tax. The Fair Tax makes so much sense and no one could escape it.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 7 years ago

They did it to Leona Helmsley after her "only little people pay taxes" comment.  She showed them * died and left her money to her DOG!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 7 years ago

Kevin, if there was a Fair Tax or flat tax,  which I am definitely in favor of, wouldn't you still have to file?  It makes so much sense to me that if everyone above the poverty level paid 15% periord we would save a lot of time and aggrevation. 

Posted by Sandra White, Experienced Residential Resale Broker (John L Scott Real Estate) about 7 years ago

There is no doubt that the "civil" side of the law is being ramped up, while at the same time, the criminal side is being destroyed by liberal attorneys and judges.  The civil side is all about money and the criminal side is all about your lawyer and your looks.  I too have arrested many drunks, but wish we could get a handle on the drugs that are killing America.  We can catch the drunks, but society doesn't feel that drug use is bad....it is.

Posted by Dale Terry about 7 years ago

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