Friday, July 18, 2008

Another Celebrity Charged With Tax Crimes

As the author of a tax law blog, I quite often feel that taxes are interesting. I understand that not everyone may always feel this way, but sometimes tax related stories hit the news that have broad appeal. Recently, we have had the story of Richard Hatch (winner of the first season of the reality show contest "Survivor") and Wesley Snipes (of the "Blade" movies fame). Both were convicted of tax crimes. Now there is a celebrity of yet another sort that is facing tax trouble.

On July 17, The Smoking Gun web site announced that adult film star Janine Lindemulder had been charged with a misdemeanor count of willfully failing to pay tax due in violation of Internal Revenue Code section 7203.

While a misdemeanor carries a smaller penalty than a felony charge, a misdemeanor can still mean prison (just ask Mr. Snipes who was convicted to three years in prison - one year for each misdemeanor on which he was convicted). This will certainly be an interesting case to pay attention to, however, I expect that if she is convicted, her single misdemeanor count will help her fair much better than her celebrity counterparts. I am curious however as to whether her "different" kind of celebrity will bring any benefit.

The information document that charges her with the offense was filed on June 18 and can be found on The Smoking Gun web site.

Previous posts relating to Richard Hatch and Wesley Snipes can be found by clicking here.

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