The investigative analysis revealed that the billionaire only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 and hadn’t paid any taxes in 10 out of the 15 years prior. The president’s ability to get away with tax avoidance brought up cases where celebrities who hadn’t paid their taxes served time behind bars. Of the many people mentioned was legendary actor Wesley Snipes.
Back in 2010, the New Jack City star was acquitted of felony federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges, but convicted of willfully failing to file tax returns from the years 1999 to 2004. He attempted to appeal the case, but the court refused. He served three years — the maximum sentence — in a federal prison before he was released.
Internet users brought up the comparison, some questioning how Snipes reacted to the news and others demanding Trump do jail time as well. The Blade actor’s name subsequently became a trending topic.
“This is just an American shame,” one Twitter user wrote. “Other Americans #WesleySnipes A Black man went to jail. How does this man escape? His skin color and #MitchMcConnell.”
“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,” she said of the charges. “I had an economic system imposed on me.”
Look below for the some of the aforementioned tweets.
Remember when my girl #LaurynHill went to prison for tax evasion? But trumps flying high.— Kai (@Itsanewday99) September 28, 2020
Remember when #WesleySnipes went to prison for tax exasion?
They hurried up and got their black asses. But Trump went 10 to 15 years of not paying https://t.co/c4n1DoizK6.
Wesley Snipes when he sees the blatant tax fraud being covered up by the current t occupant of the Oval Office #TrumpTaxReturns #TrumpIsNotABillionaire #TrumpCrimeFamily #WesleySnipes pic.twitter.com/UnnCRxOtC0— padre Matt (@displacedvolfan) September 28, 2020
#Trump paid no federal taxes whatsoever in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000. #WesleySnipes spent 3 years in jail for misdemeanor avoidance of taxes despite offering to pay $842,000 to the #IRS. #LaurynHill, Ja Rule, Chuck Berry also did time for the same thing.#TrumpTaxes— Francis A. Konan (@FAK___) September 28, 2020