Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes

Rockland County D.A.: Upper Grandview resident owes more than $350,000

Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox.

Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000.

 “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," Zugibe said. "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.”

Baldwin's lawyer, Russell Yankwitt of White Plains, said today that Baldwin should not have been arrested. He contends Baldwin did not commit a crime and that efforts are underway to resolve the tax issue.

Baldwin’s arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

“I commend District Attorney Zugibe for his ongoing efforts to investigate and bring to justice those individuals who attempt to avoid paying taxes," Mattox said. "It is rare and unfortunate for a personal income tax case to require such strong enforcement measures in order to ensure compliance with our tax laws, particularly in light of the fact that the vast majority of New Yorkers fulfill their filing requirements voluntarily. The Tax Department works diligently with taxpayers to address issues before they escalate, and we strongly encourage those that have difficulties meeting their obligations to contact us for assistance.” 

The Baldwin was arraigned today in Nyack Village Court before Judge Robert Knoebel and released pending a Feb. 5, 2013 hearing.

Baldwin faces up to four years in state prison, if convicted

Mattox said the New York State Tax Department offers programs such as the Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program to encourage delinquent taxpayers to become compliant without facing criminal prosecution or civil penalty. 

Watchdog December 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I should be clearer, they do not pay NYS income taxes on their Pensions so should they be arrested because they don't pay NYS income taxes like Baldwin?
Proud To Be A Baldwin Boy December 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Alec -- ticking time bomb Daniel -- hall of fame addict Stephen -- delusional cartoon Billy -- should have been born a woman
Alan D. December 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Who knew that an article about Stephen Baldwin would bring out the Conservative fruitcakes again and all their hatred for President Barack Obama? Go away conservative fruitcakes... your time has come and gone... you can sit in the back seat and ride the SUV all the way home with Mitt and Tagg.
KAH December 07, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Watchdog; You haven't posted a single comment that remotely resembles fact or truth. Are you for real? Everything you write is either intentional falsehood or hyperbole. A little advice; screaming out your delusions and misbeliefs doesn't make them any more real. It seems you have concocted a complete fantasy world in order to support your warped views. Put down the kool-aid, step out of the bubble, and come join the rest of us in reality. I promise, it's much nicer out here.
Alan D. December 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Regarding Stephen Baldwin, whether you agree or disagree with him, show some civility and respect. He is part of our community, he is one of our neighbors and who are we to judge him?
KAH December 07, 2012 at 05:52 PM
LOL. You get the feeling Alec spent a lot time abusing the rest of them?
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
yea, the government has no right to collect taxes.....effing genius right here
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It's funny, people are so quick to jump on those on welfare who abuse the system but have no problem with what people like this do.
Please December 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Agree or disagree with Stephen Baldwin? Since when is that at issue here? Is the community you speak of his ministry? Or Hollywood? I judge him gladly. Suggestion: sprinkle a little reality on it -- just for taste.
Anne L December 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Those Kennedy's, here we go again with their antics ...... Oh, it's a Baldwin.... Never mind.
KAH December 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Alan, Your basic premise is agreeable. However, Stephen Baldwin has spent a lot of time and effort attacking the current administration and tax policies. He also regularly passes judgment on his own community in very public forums fueled by his religious zealotry. I don't condone attacking anyone without all the facts, but you know the old saying about glass houses. Hypocrisy not only deserves to be attacked, it should be brought before the general public and made a spectacle of at every opportunity.
trucker43 December 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Joe Smith YOU have been doing your home work and are very CORRECT! EVERYBODY should be LEARNING about these WINNING cases! Income taxes were only for PUBLIC SERVANTS to be PAYING to begin with!
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
smelly, the fact that you tell people not to pay taxes then complain about how broke the country is just shows you can't follow simple logic
KAH December 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
That's because this person has a face. Welfare has a face too. Unfortunately, it looks NOTHING like this one. This one is far more agreeable to some.
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 06:07 PM
hey hack, maybe do some independent thinking and research and you'll learn Republicans have increased welfare spending at a higher rate than democrats in the last 30+ years
John December 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
What a Baldwin not paying his taxes? But they scream it's those republicans not paying taxes and the rich should pay their fair share and this loser doesn't pay anything. I do hope his older brother calls him out for the criminal he is and blasts him fairly as he does those republicans who don't pay their fair share.
Alan D. December 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I hear what you're saying KAH, and you may be right. I was not living here at the time, but heard a little bit about the porn store controversy and Stephen's role in it. Yes, civility should go both ways. No one dislikes a hypocrite more than me. And yes, he should pay his fair share of taxes.
Elizabeth Gaspodnetich December 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Wow. I can't believe the number of people here that do not read past the headline. This was NOT his Federal Income Tax. It was his State Personal Income Tax, owed to the state of New York not the Federal Government. I think he needs to go to jail for a while, maybe next time he will pay his taxes on time. If they would jail you or me for the same crime then he needs to do the same. How long did they give him to pay his taxes? Years maybe? Go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Nom DePlume December 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Whenever anyone enters the public media, especially Hollywood crowd...they are automatic lighting rods for all of our views on things. That's just human nature. The 2 leading idiots of the brand-of-brothers: Alec and Stephen are represent the WORST of reps for both political parties...so what could be a more attractive target for public opinion. Alec the liberal loudmouth, nasty egomaniac supposed to embrace all the LOVE that liberals have for their brethren...read anywhere that the multi/multi millionaire came up with a dime to even offer a compromise payment to the IRS? Stephen, the bible babbling no talent who somehow is still on the Apprentice or other cameras beaming his dumb face to the world is also a totally irresponsible fool. Can't decide who is worse...they offer some entertainment that's for sure! lol
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Ian are you a republican by any chance?
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
so now America is only for those who like Republicans and Christmas? interesting
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Matt, if you weren't such a racist you'd know by the time he was 40 Obama made farther in life than you ever will
John Gruber December 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
ok smelly, just let us know the next time you need the cops, fire department, ambulance or even your street plowed.
Anne L December 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Let's ride with the family down the street, through the, courtesy of Steve B's two feet. When you're thumping a bible and ripping off the government, it's a yabadaba doo time, a dabado time, it's a gay ol' time!!! Stevie B. just this side of a mutant. The Baldwin boys, always making mom proud. Alec, Daniel, Stevie B. and of course their sister, Billy
willie 6 December 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
it keeps going and going ! FOR WHAT ?
Mommy Stevie is Full of Sh_t December 07, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Willie 6, the Mahatma -- thank you for providing us with your clarity. Born again Stevie Baldwin, born again to ignore April 15th. Let's all give thanks to Peter Greene for tossing the cig in Barney's face on Suspects. Thanks again Willie 6, for joining the thread and sharing your enlightenment.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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gregory pelletteri December 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM
what do u pay freeloader////// i ment freethinker
donJordan December 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Nation anthem. ...my arse....must be a Republican Lol
full name April 02, 2013 at 04:32 AM
The government needs your money to blow it on wars you don't want, useless junkets, and to bail out criminals in the financial sector. Please help!!!


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