Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

NY Times on the Wesley Snipes Indictment

Following up on yesterday's post on the indictment of actor Wesley Snipes on tax fraud charges:  David Cay Johnston notes in today's New York Times that Snipes altered the signature line as follows (alteration in bold):

Under no penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and Sign belief, they are true, correct, and complete.

Gee, I wonder why that didn't work!

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Alteration of the jurat in that manner invalidates the filing, and so turns a false return (IRC 7206(1), 3-year felony) into a failure to file (IRC 7203, 1-year misdemeanor), doesn't it?

Posted by: Peter G | Oct 18, 2006 4:18:16 PM