Archives for November 2010

Wesley Snipes Headed To Jail — TRI Reports On The Star’s Income Tax Evasion & IRS Federal Enforcement

Actor Wesley Snipes is headed to jail to start serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the Hollywood star’s bid for a new trial. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said, “The defendant Snipes had a full and fair trial … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.” Revoking bail for the 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy, the judge ordered him to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons. The court order shows how serious the IRS and the United States treats evasion of federal income taxes and how extreme the consequences can be.

Daniel Meachum, the lawyer for Snipes, stated that he would appeal if a new trial was denied. Meachum told the Orlando Sentinel the ruling was shocking: “It is just shocking! Wesley is very disappointed, but staying strong and positive. We as the legal team will continue to press forward to pursue justice on behalf of our client whom we truly feel has received a great injustice.” A federal appeals court in Atlanta this summer upheld Snipes’ conviction. Subsequently,  his lawyers received emails from two jurors  suggesting three of their fellow panelists did not start the trial with open minds.

The prison sentence stems from his 2008 conviction in Hodges’ Ocala, Florida, court on three counts of “willful failure to file tax returns” for 1999 through 2001. Prosecutors accused Snipes of conspiring with Eddie Ray Kahn of Lake County, Florida, to avoid paying more than $15 million in taxes from 1999 to 2004. Kahn, who founded American Rights Litigators, sold illegal tax-dodging schemes and convinced the actor he had no obligation to pay federal income taxes. Kahn was sentenced to 10 years in prison. At his sentencing, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999, but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes through October 2006.

Income Tax Evasion Sends Wesley Snipes To Federal Prison

Wesley Snipes Sent To Federal Prison

In the two years since his conviction, Snipes traveled the world and made several movies. A federal judge took away his passport after Snipes, supposedly on film-making trips to London and Bangkok,  attended the opening of a swank hotel in Dubai, which is near neither city. The many photographs of him taken at the event and posted on the Internet made it pretty easy for federal authorities to prove he violated the rules.

During an interview with  earlier this year, Snipes seemed optimistic about how the case would turn out. When asked if the prospect of a possible prison sentence weighed on him, he said: “Yeah, but that’s life, you know? You walk out in the street, you don’t know if you’re going to get hit by a car. So you’re just keeping moving, you’re keeping moving. And if mind can control matter, then you project how you want things to become . . . as opposed to concentrating on using that same energy to create your demise or work against you. So I just project that everything is going great.”

Movie Star Wesley Snipes Caught By The IRS!

Movie Star Wesley Snipes Caught By The IRS!

A listing for Snipes already posted on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website says his prisoner ID or registration number as 43355-018, his location is “in transit” and his release date is “unknown.” Wesley Snipes has starred in a number of Hollywood movies including Blade, Jungle Fever, White Men Can’t Jump, US Marshals and more recently, Brooklyn’s Finest.

If you have not filed federal income taxes for several years and you are worried about the consequences, don’t be like Wesley Snipes and rely on the court system to get you off. Avoid ever getting your own prison number for willfully evading income taxes. Instead, call the Tax Resolution Institute (TRI) and we will provide a workable solution to your income tax problem. Call (877) 829-8370 for the best in tax resolution services.

Never Manhattancentric: TRI Provides Quality Tax Resolution Services In All Five Boroughs Of New York City

When people outside of New York City talk about “the city that never sleeps” from the classic Frank Sinatra tune, they always seem to be referring to Manhattan. As the financial and cultural nexus of the city and even the entire country, Manhattan remains prominent, and TRI has helped a bevy of Manhattan residents and businesses resolve tax problems. Without question, however, the Tax Resolution Institute has never been Manhattancentric — it may look like a made up word, but you know exactly what it means!

Tax Resolution Services In All Five Boroughs

Tax Resolution Services In All Five Boroughs of New York City

The Tax Resolution Institute provides quality tax resolution services to all five boroughs of New York City, helping native New Yorkers in from Brooklyn to the Bronx and from Queens to Staten Island find the tax resolution help that they are seeking when confronting serious income tax debts and payroll tax problems. New York City has over 8.3 million residents and only 1.6 million of them live in Manhattan. To reduce the needs of New York to the needs of Manhattan is being foolish and Manhattancentric. With growing economic engines and residential  revivals amid the current economic climate, all five boroughs of New York City have experienced profound swings in the beginning of this century.

As Wall Street has surged up and down and Manhattan has been rocked by change, all of the other boroughs have been affected as well. There is truth to the old saying that as Manhattan goes so goes the rest of the city. However, with supportive ethnic communities and vibrant neighborhoods, all five boroughs have responded to the change by rallying together and proclaiming their strength. Still, tax problems filter down from Manhattan almost like a negative version of supply side economics. When financial problems hit the beating heart of the big city, the challenges are faced across the board in all five boroughs.

If you live in any of the five boroughs of New York City and you are experiencing tax problems, please contact the tax experts at the Tax Resolution Institute. TRI has extensive experience with both the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Whether you are facing individual income tax debts or payroll tax problems with your business, we have the expertise and know-how to help you resolve your tax crisis. Unlike other companies, we do not take your money first. We diagnose your problem and see if we can help you resolve your tax problem. If we can help you, TRI will be there to make sure that all the residents of New York City and the five boroughs receive the tax resolution help that they need and deserve.

Tax Resolution Services For All of NYC's Neighborhoods

Tax Resolution Services For All of New York City

Peter Stephan and TRI have never been Manhattancentric. If you need tax resolution services, feel free to contact the Tax Resolution Institute at 800-401-5926 or fill out our  tax resolution form.

Upper East Side Manhattan Socialite Saved By Peter Stephan From The Crippling Clutches Of IRS Income Tax Debt

At the Tax Resolution Institute, the policy of Peter Stephan is to respect the privacy and security of clients without question. Peter Stephan is proud of the American taxpayers he has been able to rescue from the paralyzing fear of an IRS income tax crisis. A few years back, amid the skyscrapers of Park Avenue, a former Upper East Side Manhattan socialite found herself in desperate straits in Manhattan after she lost her husband.

IRS Tax Debt Resolution On Manhattan's Park Avenue

IRS Tax Debt Resolution On Park Avenue

Recently widowed and straddled with the secret income tax debts of her dead spouse, this kind lady could not believe that the money she needed to survive in her accustomed manner was gone on account of bad deals and investments her husband did behind her back, keeping the information of the rising IRS income tax debts and the losses from her. Being a Manhattan socialite, she placed her full trust in her beloved and was shocked when she realized the truth after he passed suddenly from an unexpected heart attack.

After the lawyers settled the estate, she found herself in terrible shape. Not only would she have to use all the money her husband had left behind to pay the back IRS income tax bills, the penalties and interest accumulated would leave her in debt. Luckily, based on the recommendation from a close family friend, she came to Peter Stephan and the tax experts at the Tax Resolution Institute. Although she would not qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief in this case, Peter Stephan believed there was a chance that the IRS Revenue Officer would understand the nature of the situation and accept a workable Offer in Compromise.

Manhattan Wife Left With Husband's Tax Debt

Manhattan Widow Left With Husband's Tax Debt

Taking the Manhattan socialite’s case. Peter Stephan and the tax experts at the Tax Resolution Institute were able through effective tax resolution services to deliver a positive deal that covered the past income tax debt while leaving her with enough savings to begin the next phase of her life. With the help of family and friends, the lovely lady knew that everything would be fine in the future. What she was most grateful about is that during the worst moment in her life, Peter Stephan and the Tax Resolution Institute showed up with the best in tax resolution services available in New York state and protected her from financial devastation with an Offer in Compromise with the IRS.