Actor Wesley Snipes went to jail for three years for failing to file tax returns between 1999 and 2004. Snipes originally appealed his conviction and said he didn’t get a fair trial. He appealed his conviction all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the IRS and Mr Snipes went to prison (are you surprised?).
After Mr. Snipes got out of prison, he still had serious IRS problems that just wouldn’t go away!
In 2013, Snipes still owed the IRS $23.5 million. Again, Snipes tried to fight the IRS with an Offer in Compromise for $850,000. Of course, Snipes lost.
The United States Tax Court also ruled in favor of the IRS and Snipes lost again in November of 2018.
Best lesson here: Don’t mess with the IRS!
Only hire an experienced and reputable Tax Attorney to assist you with any IRS problems.
Don’t listen to your friend and know it all brother-in-law about how to solve your tax problems. The IRS won’t go after your ‘expert’ friends giving you ‘free advice’.
The IRS WILL go after you if you owe them money.