ABC News is reporting that Wesley Snipes must now report to jail after his request for a new trial was denied by a federal judge. U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges wrote about the denial:

The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair, and thorough review of his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeals; and he has had a full, fair, and thorough review of his present claims, during all of which he has remained at liberty. The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.

Snipes was found guilty of federal income tax charges more than two years ago. He has since spent time criticizing the verdict and promising a number of appeals. He lost an appeal earlier in the year before pulling out the most recent one. But it seems that this time is the last for the Hollywood actor: Judge Hodges has finally ordered Snipes to jail. While the details aren’t entirely clear, some media outlets, such as the gossip site TMZ, are reporting that Snipes is already in custody on his way to serve his three year term.

This may really be the end of the Snipes tax saga. Maybe.

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Kelly Phillips Erb is a tax attorney, tax writer, and podcaster.


  1. Pat Klessel Reply

    Does going to jail pay just for your crime? Will you still have to pay back the money you owe Uncle? How’s that work?

  2. What a travesty of justice. The crooked senator Rangel that has been cheating the American people and the Government for at least 15 years gets off with a slap on the wrist and Snipes has a three year sentence. As far as I am concerned hi ( Snipes ) has done more good for the people then Rangel and the sentences should be reversed

  3. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I think Rangel made some poor judgement and trusted some poor lawyers to end up being a few ten thousand dollars short on his taxes (which are now paid). Snipes owes millions and has been trying every excuse in (and out) of the book to get out of paying them. I’m not saying Rangel is justified. Hell, he should be held to a higher standard than most considering his position; however, Snipes is not just shirking his responsibility, he is protesting the law that requires him (and everyone else) to pay at all.

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