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Stephen Baldwin

Arrested on Tax Charges

12/6/2012 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Stephen Baldwin was just arrested in New York for repeated failure to file personal income tax returns ... a felony.

According to the Rockland County District Attorney, Baldwin has failed to file returns for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010 -- and owes NY state more than $350,000 in back taxes.

The D.A. said, "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."

He added, “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.”

If convicted, the "Usual Suspects" actor could face up to 4 years in prison. He's due back in court in February.

You may recall, Baldwin's had significant money problems in the past -- he filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

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1.

Kiko    

I'm sure God has forgiven him.

695 days ago
2.

Jay W.     

Merry Christmas!

695 days ago
3.

klickster    

Didn't know he made that much to owe that much!

695 days ago
4.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

He should have to do 4 years anyway for making Biodome.

695 days ago
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PJ in Texas    

borrow some money from your bro

695 days ago
6.

BB not bb    

You would think it would be so easy and so obvious necessary for the rich to pay their taxes. How much can it cost to have them done for you? As long as you file something, they can work with you if there are mistakes. They only audit about 1 in 7 returns.


These people make millions but can't set aside some for their taxes. They really need to budget or an accountant to budget for them. It would be so much easier than going to jail over it.


I think if you work for yourself, you are supposed to send in a quarter of what you make for the year, every three months. You only have to estimate and then clear it up later if need be.


People are putting in billions of dollars in Sandy claims. I guess the government is looking to squeeze all the money they can get. It would make more sense to just garnish furture earnings than to waste money putting this guy in prison though.

695 days ago
7.

Tammy    

Did he only not file state taxes for those years or did he not file his federal taxes too? Futhermore, it's ridiculous to blame Stephen for their financial mess because they'd still just mismanage it. Oh, and all the taxpaper money you waste on illegals have nothing to do with the situation, right?

695 days ago
8.

pix    

Stop the low life spammers

695 days ago
9.

JFO    

He added, “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
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So now Stephen Baldwin is to blame for out of contol spending by gov'ts, pension plans they can't fund because they're out of control, and union strong arming of said cities??? I didn't know one person had that much power ...

695 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

Pretty cold family if they can't help him with half million or so to bail him out.

695 days ago
11.

MayhemGirl    

I don't know about anyone else, but as a taxpayer, I am really sick of hearing that high paid (not sure Stephen fits the bill on that one) celebs think they shouldn't have to pay their taxes. Its ridiculous that people like Nic Cage, Lindsay Lohan, etc all think they are above paying taxes. It's bad enough there are people out there stupid enough to idolize celebrity like it is anything more than winning the genetic lottery 90% of the time, but it is such a slap in the face that someone who lives in a mansion, has servants, travels first class, eats at the best restaurants but doesn't pay their taxes? They should be put in jail.

695 days ago
12.

Flo    

It's ok. God will save him!

HA!

695 days ago
13.

Is down with OPP    

Haha.. pay your taxes fukers!

695 days ago
14.

Mike44090    

He only had to spen a year in the Bio Dome, I wonder how he will handle 4 years in the jail dome

695 days ago
15.

Lynn317    

He probably will try to convince the IRS that he is employed as a non profit, no tax religious institution ..
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OR... he is hoping the forthcoming Apocalypse will come before he has to do prison time.

695 days ago
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