#7 is very popular, utterly ridiculous post:
Filing a false tax return is a felony, whenever millions of dollars are involved. It isn't really anything more than an honest mistake, until you lie to an IRS agent.
Snipes, Eddie Ray Kahn, and Douglas P. Rosile were charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of knowingly making or aiding and abetting the making of a false and fraudulent claim for payment against the United States. Snipes was also charged with six counts of willfully failing to file federal income tax returns by their filing dates. The conspiracy charge against Snipes alleged that he filed a false amended return, including a false tax refund claim of over $4 million for the year 1996, and a false amended return, including a false tax refund claim of over US$7.3 million for the year 1997. But he was never convicted for this behavior, typical of alleged "freemen" like Timothy McVeigh. Snipes was sentenced to THREE YEARS in prison for willful failure to file federal income tax returns for which he served most of that sentence, after all he is black.
Snipes didn't really lie either. He made a bunch of legal arguments, which the courts have long rejected.
Leona Hemsley was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989. Leona spent $8 million remodeling her $11 Connecticut Mansion. She was loath to pay her bill but eventually charged the work to her hotels. The pissed off contractors revealed this to the IRS. She received a sentence of SIXTEEN YEARS, but on appeal was required to serve only nineteen months in prison and two months under house arrest. During the trial, a former housekeeper testified that she had heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes," an aphorism which identified her the rest of her life.
Leona is basically correct, but her case became so high profile that the Government had to make an example of her. Still, being white she got off lightly, after paying the required tax, interest and penalties.
Manafort is charged with income tax evasion on the same scale. Manafort is betting his life that Trump will pardon him, otherwise he should be pleading guilty and negotiating a deal.