What's the secret to lowering your taxes in the short-term? Becoming rich and important, and then lawyering up. Actor Stephen Baldwin, one of Alec's less-famous actor brothers, has avoided a jail sentence after admitting income tax evasion, BBC News reported. In Rockland County Court, Baldwin admitted failing to pay New York state income taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
A plea bargain was reached that enables the star to get a brand new, clean record if he pays back $300,000 within a year.
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"I just look forward to getting the $300,000 paid in the next year," he told reporters outside court.
Baldwin, currently appearing on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," still kind of blamed the evasion on others, the Associated Press reported. "Unfortunately, I got some really bad suggestions and advice ... from lawyers and accountants," he said.
Well, at least he doesn't have to go to jail. On a related note, last year the NYPD allegedly killed an unarmed man for stealing rocks.