Tax-Avoiding Wesley Snipes Celebrates 50th Birthday in Prison

Posted on Sep 03, 2012

Most taxpayers in the state of Oklahoma can't hope to approach the income of Wesley Snipes, who for a brief time in the 1990s was one of the highest-paid actors in the United States.

Unfortunately, according to the IRS, Snipes also made it a practice not to file any tax returns during his time in the movie spotlight, and endured some high-profile trials that ultimately cleared him of most conspiracy and fraud charges. Perhaps as the result of a canny plea deal, though, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to file his taxes for a number of years, and is currently at a minimum-security facility (from which he's scheduled to be released in the summer of 2013).

According to the website The Celebrity Cafe, Snipes recently celebrated his 50th birthday in prison, and was visited by the famous film director Spike Lee, who subsequently tweeted, “Yesterday I went to Pennsylvania to spend two great hours with my man Wesley Snipes. Mr. Snipes is in great shape, mentally, physically and spiritually. We laughed and joked for the whole two-hour visit. He said when he gets out—‘It’s on.’”

In a way, Wesley Snipes' fate should be comforting to less well-off taxpayers; after all, his story shows that celebrities, as well as ordinary people, can be sent to jail for tax offenses. And Snipes is paying the price in yet another way: according to Celebrity Cafe, he had to pass on the opportunity to portray soul singer James Brown for Spike Lee because of his legal difficulties.

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