Serial Tax Avoider Al Sharpton Owes $3.7M In Back Taxes. These Are 6 People Who Owed Far Less And Have Been Sent To Jail.
It must be nice to have the slithering, snake-like elusiveness of Al Sharpton. In America, the IRS often can be compared to an oppressive regime because of its relentless, cruel, crushing blows it has the power to do to ordinary Americans.
The Tea Party can attest to exactly how that feels, whether or not, lawmakers wish to admit the incidents ever happened.
The US Herald has been following elusive Al since the news broke last year, and in early 2015, about his tax troubles. The serial tax cheat, as some may call him, is in debt to the U.S. state government for over $4.5 million. To put it another way, Al Sharpton owes the American people millions of dollars. However, Shh, that is what Lefties call “Racism”.
According to Fox Business, many have gone away for less. If there is one thing we can see in the list below, it is bi-racial. Wesley Snipes would be another, even though he refused on the basis of tax activism.
Chuck Berry (In 1979, $200,000)
Served a five-month sentence at California’s Lompoc Prison Camp. Also ordered to do 1,000 hours of community service upon his release.
Pete Rose (In 1990, $354,968)
Received five months in a Marion, Ill., federal prison. Also fined $50,000.
Richard Hatch (In 2006, over $1 million)
Convicted of tax evasion and tax fraud for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million-plus in “Survivor” winnings. Sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. Served three years before his release in 2009. Ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 tax returns, but did not do so. Ordered back to jail in 2011 to serve nine months, and left jail on supervised release
Leona Helmsley (In 1992, $1.7 million)
Four years in prison, after an initial 16-year sentence was reduced. Claimed $2.6 million in ineligible business expenses, including personal items. Ordered to do 750 hours of community service. $7.1 million fine. Served 21 months and was released in January 1994. At her trial, she proclaimed “We don’t pay taxes, only little people pay taxes.”
Lauryn Hill (In 2012, $1.8 million)
Failure to file tax returns on $1.8 million in earnings between 2005 to 2007. Even though, it was argued that she paid nearly all the money before sentencing, she was sentenced to three months in prison. Account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009, which brought the total owed to roughly $2.3 million. Served her three-month sentence in a federal prison in 2013, also spent three months in home confinement as part of her parole.
Ron Isley (In 2006, $3.1 million)
Guilty of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file tax returns for tax years 1997–2002. Three years and one month, served three years behind bars, and was released in April 2010. Isley’s attorney plead for leniency because he was attempting to pay down his IRS debt, and because of complications from a stroke and a bout with kidney cancer he had. The judge declined.
So, one has to wonder what makes Elusive Al so special?
The oh-so right wing, racist New York Times did a review of government records in the fall of last year, and the MSNBC host and “civil rights” activist personally faces federal tax liens of more than $3 million. Just to make sure it is even, he owes $777,657 in state tax liens. That is $3.7 million in back taxes, for those not mathematically inclined.
The New York Times and the National Review continue. Yes. I did use those two publications in conjunction with each other, let alone in the same sentence.
“His other two for-profit businesses, Raw Talent and Revals Communications, (both now defunct) owe anywhere from $717,000 to more than $800,000, based on state and federal tax liens. Revals Communications also either didn’t file its tax returns, or underpaid its tax bills from 1999 to 2002.”
The report continued, and laid out a few things the US Herald already covered.
“Sharpton’s National Action Network also owed more than $813,000 in federal back taxes as of December of 2012, according to the nonprofit’s recent filings. At one point, the National Action Network's tax liability more than doubled last decade, jumping from $900,000 in 2003 to almost $1.9 million in 2006. In 1993, Sharpton also had entered a guilty plea for the misdemeanor of failing to file his New York State income-tax return “
Sharpton has continually denied his tax evasion, even claiming the NYT story was “misleading” and “out of context”. He even went as far to claim that Left-leaning New York Times chose to do the report out of a desire to make a political hit piece.
What are your thoughts?
Does Al Sharton skate on his taxes, or is this all politics and racism?
Shouldn't all tax cheats be treated equally? Should the U.S. Abolish, modify the IRS, or does it not do enough?
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