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The penalty for said forgetfulness? Being welcomed as a frequent guest of the President at the White House along with being the administrations ambassador on all things racial.
Other tax cheats have not faired quite so well while owing less to the government than the good 'Reverend'!
The takeaway? Have friends in high places!
US tax cheats throughout history who served time - Six examples
Chuck Berry - The legendary pioneer of rock and roll served a five month sentence in a California prison camp back in 1979, after being found guilty of evading $200,000 in taxes. He also served 1,000 hours of community service after his release from the camp.
Pete Rose - The iconic baseball star pleaded guilty in 1990 to filing false federal tax returns. He spent five months in a federal prison and was fined $50,000 for failing to report more than $350,000 in income derived from fees charged for personal appearances, along with memorabilia and autograph sales.
Richard Hatch - The former winner of the “Survivor” reality TV show was convicted in 2006 for failing to pay taxes on the $1+ million he earned from the TV show. He served just over three years before being released, on condition that he refile his returns from 2000 and 2001. Hatch failed to do so, and was returned to prison for an additional nine months, ultimately owing more than $2 million once all the penalties and interest were added to the original debt.
Leona Helmsley - The billionaire real estate mogul and heiress was sentenced in 1992 to four years in prison for failing to pay $1.2 million in avoided taxes. She ultimately served 21 months, did 750 hours of community service, and was hit with a punitive $7.1 million fine. Her case wasn’t helped when a maid revealed during trial that Helmsley had said, “We don’t pay taxes, only little people pay taxes.”
Lauryn Hill - The hip-hop singer pleaded guilty in 2012 to charges of failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million in earnings from several years earlier. Even though she had nearly repaid all of her back taxes before sentencing, she was still ordered to serve three months in federal prison, along with another three months of house arrest after her release.
Ron Isley - The lead singer of The Isley Brothers was convicted of multiple counts of tax evasion and willful failure to file taxes over the course of many years, with a cumulative total of more than $3.1 million owed. He served three years in prison, despite his age and health issues, due to being a “serial tax avoider.”
H/T Conservative Tribune
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