Actor Stephen Baldwin, who owns property in Upper Grandview, has paid an additional $100,000 on the total of $343,068 he owes the state in back personal income taxes, penalties and interest, Thomas Mattox, state commissioner of taxation and finance, announced today.
Baldwin, 47, appeared this morning before Judge Charles P. Apotheker in Rockland County Court. He presented a certified check to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. He previously paid the state $100,000 toward his debt.
The actor, who is the youngest of four brothers who are all actors, was arrested in December 2012 following an investigation by Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe. He was arraigned on one count of repeated failure to file personal income tax returns, a class E felony. He was charged with failing to file personal income tax returns with the state for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The amount he owed, including penalties and interest, was more than $300,000.
Baldwin pleaded guilty to the felony charge in March of this year and agreed to pay the state an additional $300,000 by the time of his sentencing in March 2014. His next court date is in January. If he does, he will get a conditional discharge. Otherwise, the tax scofflaw will have to pay the remaining money in five years while on probation.
Outside court after the 10-minute appearance, Baldwin said he was confident he would be able to pay the entire tax bill. He said he’s taking care of his own business affairs now instead of relying on others. He also noted he has new movie out Friday in 500 theaters, a Christian film, “I’m in Love with a Church Girl.”
The Department of Taxation and Finance often arranges agreements that allow taxpayers to pay what they owe in installments, according to Mattox. “We work diligently with taxpayers to address issues before they escalate. If you have a tax debt, don’t hesitate – take action and contact us to resolve your situation.”
Ninety-six percent of taxes in New York are paid by businesses and individuals that voluntarily meet their obligations. The remainder is collected through audits, collections and criminal investigations.
(Journal News photo by Steve Lieberman.)