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    Actor Wesley Snipes Blames Racism For Tax Charges

    OCALA, Fla. - Actor Wesley Snipes is a victim of “unscrupulous tax advice” and is being selectively targeted for prosecution on federal tax evasion charges because he is black, his attorneys argue in a motion to dismiss the indictment.
    That’s what Snipes has said all along about the charges.
    In a June 4 motion to dismiss the indictment, Snipes’ attorneys argue that prosecutors filed additional tax evasion charges against him and not against two co-defendants because they are “Caucasian, while Mr. Snipes is African-American.”
    A federal judge is still considering the motion.
    The Oct. 17 indictment charges Snipes with fraudulently claiming refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 for income taxes already paid. The star of the “Blade” trilogy and other films also was charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.
    The indictment said Snipes conspired with American Rights Litigators’ founder Eddie Ray Kahn and tax preparer Douglas P. Rosile Sr. to file false refund claims based on a bogus argument that only income from foreign sources was subject to taxation. more at link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19158227/from/RS.4/

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    Last time I checked I didn't see a "race" box to check off on the IRS forms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Last time I checked I didn't see a "race" box to check off on the IRS forms.
    Me either Taximom.
    Wesley needs to grow up and pay his taxes.


    The Oct. 17 indictment charges Snipes with fraudulently claiming refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 for income taxes already paid
    And he wonders why his taxes were audited? Who in the hello gets a 12 million buck refund?

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    You have got to be kidding me. Doesn't he know that if you don't pay the alphabet guys are coming after you and you will go to jail if you don't pay up with outrageous interest? It isn't based on race, sex, age or anything else. You either pay the taxman or your toast.

    The IRS is one group I never want to deal with, ever. I have seen what they can do and it ain't pretty.
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    Snipes sounds pretty ignorant, but unfortunately for him, ignorance is no excuse when you evade taxes,and it appears he evaded paying a huge amount--Richard Hatch,the first SURVIVOR winner,and who is white,got 48 months in a Federal Prison for only evading 500k in taxes--Get ready Wesley Snipes, prison is waiting for you, too

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    I really hate it when people play the race card... Hasn't Wes ever heard of Richard Hatch - the guy from Survivor? Apparently, ol' Rich musta bleached his skin if ol' Wes is to be believed that it's a race issue...

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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    Wesley Snipes is an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masterj View Post
    Wesley Snipes is an idiot.
    well stated- !

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    When people use race as an excuse for their shortcomings they only hurt others who are truly discriminated against. Shame on you Wesley.

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    people will say anything to get out of trouble I swear.


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    If I recall correctly, it isn't that he's playing the race card in direction to paying taxes, it's that he's a client of these people and he's the only client that's been charged, plus had more charges than even the tax people? He says it's because he's black, I say it's because he has more money and they figure they'll have better luck getting paid that way.

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    Mr. Snipes may be wrong in claiming that racism has influenced his charges, or it may just be something his lawyer wants to try.

    HOWEVER, since NONE of us here knows the details, I am at a loss to understand how my fellow posters so confidently declare "race" to be irrelevant in this matter. How the hell would we know?!

    IRS officials use considerable personal discretion in filing charges and assessing penalties. Does race sometimes influence their decisions? I don't know. But I see no reason to assume it does not. (And while there may not be a check-box to declare one's race on an IRS form, Mr. Snipes' race is rather well known.)

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    OH please, spare me!!!

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    You know, there are many other rich black people that they haven't singled out, so I'm gonna stick to my opinion that he is just trying to weasel out of a debt.

    I know one thing for sure, the IRS is in the business of MONEY and it's green. In the end, they just want the money.

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    I think the charges had more to do with the amount in question than the color of Wesley's skin.

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