Either Wesley Snipes is going to have to do runner, or he’s going to have to call up John Leguizamo and start brainstorming who they can get to take over for Patrick Swayze (Cumberbatch would be my choice) in a To Wong Fu reboot because he is going to need a boat load of cash fast. The Blast reports that a judge recently denied Wesley’s settlement proposal to the IRS to pay $850,000 instead of the $9.5 million he owed, which was originally a $23.5 million bill for unpaid taxes for the years 1999 – 2001 (according to Forbes, he earned about $40 million during that time period). Now Wesley has to pay up or die trying.
Wesley already went to prison on misdemeanor tax evasion charges in 2008 (Wesley got 3 years, his accountant got more) but, while Wesley may be Blade, the IRS is The Terminator. They rejected his offer and said they don’t sell single french fries nor do they accept payment in dimes. So Wesley filed a petition asking a judge to make a ruling in his favor, which was denied.
In making her decision, U.S. Tax Court Judge Kathleen Kerrigan said, “Given the disparity between petitioner’s $842,061 OIC [offer-in-compromise] and the settlement officer’s calculation of $9,581,027 as his RCP [reasonable collection potential], as well as petitioner’s inability to credibly document his assets, the settlement officer and her manager had ample justification to reject the offer.”
The judge backed up her ruling by stating that paying the full $9.5 million “would not leave Snipes in economic hardship”. That gives me an idea: Blade vs The Terminator. You’d watch that, right? Currently, Wesley’s hustle appears to be working with Cameo, which if you don’t know, “is a platform where fans can book personalized video shoutouts from their favorite celebrities, athletes, or influencers”. So like an electronic singing telegram from a famous person. Is Tom Hardy on there I wonder and does he have a no nudity clause?
Ooooooooh this is going to be good!
— WS (@wesleysnipes) October 23, 2018
Here’s Wesley dipping his nose back into the New Jack City well with a Cameo as his character Nino Brown from that film.
— WS (@wesleysnipes) October 27, 2018
And if you want to help a brother out, buy copy of Wesley’s “spiritual urban fantasy” novel Talon of God, which I must say, has surprisingly good reviews!
You get it, Wesley. Get. That. Money. And please, for the love of God, fill out that 1040EZ form this time.