Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to File Tax Returns for Three Years

| by Michael Allen

Actor and conservative activist Stephen Baldwin was arrested in New York for failing to file his 2008, 2009 and 2010 tax returns.

According to a press release from the Rockland County District Attorney’s office, Baldwin was charged with a class E felony of one count of "repeated failure to file personal income tax returns" and could face up to four years in state prison, if convicted.

Baldwin reportedly owes more than $350,000 to the state of New York after penalties and interest. He was arraigned in Nyack Justice Court on Thursday, released on his own recognizance, but must return to court on Feb. 5, 2013, reports

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said: “At a time when Rockland County and New York State face severe fiscal shortfalls, we cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes."

"The defendant’s repetitive failure to file returns and pay taxes over a period of several years contributes to the sweeping cutbacks and closures in local government and in our schools. My Office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who cheat our tax system for their personal gain.”

New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox said it was “rare and unfortunate for a personal income tax case to require such strong enforcement measures in order to ensure compliance with our tax laws.”