Tax Cheats Hall of Fame: Photos
Penalties for tax evasion and fraud can and often will lead to fines and jail time.Getty Images
As Benjamin Franklin famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
As many of the names on this list would surely attest, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will make you settle up your tab, no matter who you are.
Though released from jail, Wesley Snipes will complete his sentence under house arrest.Corbis Images
In what might be the most famous case in recent memory, particularly given that he only just left a prison for unpaid back taxes this weekend, Wesley Snipes is probably the most well known entry on this list even if no one has seen him in a movie in quite some time.
Snipes faced a number of charges, including willfully failing to file tax returns six years in a row, for which he was convicted. Although free from prison, Snipes will remain under house arrest until July 19, when his sentence is officially up.
Leona Helmsley was reportedly obsessed with avoiding paying taxes.Corbis Images
Leona Helmsley might have had a spare $12 million at the time of her death that she was able to leave to her dogs. There was a time, however, where she apparently couldn't cough up to pay her tax bill of a couple million dollars despite wealth in the billions.
Helmsley faced charges of tax fraud in 1992, which spawned a much-publicized trial. During the case, a witness, her housekeeper, testified that Helmsley once stated: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."
Helmsley was found guilty of multiple charges and served 18 months in jail.
Willie Nelson's run-in with the tax man almost cost him everything he owned.Corbis Images
Known for his hair, music and his outlaw demeanor, Willie Nelson seems an unlikely candidate for having one of the largest unpaid tax bills of any individual in U.S. history.
In 1990, the IRS seized Nelson's assets owing to some $32 million in unpaid taxes, though that number was later reduced. Nelson was never accused of fraud, but rather simply nonpayment -- albeit a very large nonpayment.
Nelson's assets were auctioned off to pay his debt. He also released a double album, The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?, with all the proceeds going to the IRS.
Even if you win $1 million as far away as Borneo, Uncle Sam is going to take his share.Corbis Images
If you win $1 million in front of a television audience of 52 million people, you better believe that the IRS is going to be watching too.
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was convicted in 2006 of tax evasion after failing to report his prize on his taxes. The reality TV personality was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
O.J. Simpson just can't stay out of trouble.Corbis Images
The only thing more impressive about O.J. Simpson than his football record is his criminal record. Would you have guessed that also includes trouble with the IRS?
Despite being in jail for a robbery in Las Vegas, Simpson currently has three liens against him for failing to pay over half a million dollars in state and federal taxes.
The founder of "Girls Gone Wild" has had a number of run-ins with authorities, including the IRS.Corbis Images
Who would have thought an upstanding businessman like Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" series, would stoop to something as sleazy as tax evasion? Given his business of exploiting young women for amateur soft-core pornography, however, the IRS wasn't the first time Francis heard a knock from authorities at his door.
In 2007, Francis was accused of writing off $20 million in fraudulent deductions. Two years later, the IRS filed a $33 million lien against Francis's company.
Last year, he sued his accounting firm claiming they led to him place his money illegally in tax shelters.
Richard Pryor could never again use the same excuse for not paying his taxes in 1974.Corbis Images
Of all the famous people to avoid paying their taxes, Richard Pryor may have been the least creative excuse for failing to pay his taxes. Pryor told a judge in Los Angeles that he simply forgot.
Pryor served 10 days in L.A. county jail for nonpayment of his taxes.
Spiro Agnew's resignation marked the second time in history that a vice president suddenly vacated his office.Corbis Images
Even politicians aren't immune from running afoul of the IRS. Former vice president Spiro Agnew had to resign from office due to criminal charges for tax evasion and money laundering.
Agnew failed to report nearly $30,000 in income in 1967 when he was governor of Maryland, and plead no contest to the charge. The former vice president was sentenced to three years probation and a $10,000 fine.
Chicago's most famous gangster lost his hold on his empire simply for not paying his taxes.Corbis Images
Despite all the crimes Al Capone was linked to during his lifetime, from bootlegging to prostitution to murder, the one charge that ever stuck for the notorious Chicago mob boss was tax evasion. The biggest name of the Prohibition Era was out behind bars for not paying his taxes.
In 1931, Capone was sentenced to 11 years for not paying $215,000 plus interest in taxes. Capone didn't serve out the full sentence, but sending him away to jail dissolved Capone's ties to organized crime.
The entrance to the building housing the Internal Revenue Service.Corbis Images
If you've never heard the name Walter Anderson before, it's because his claim to fame happens to be for tax evasion. After admitting to hiding more than $350 million in income from Uncle Sam, Anderson became the largest tax evasion case in U.S. history.
Anderson is in jail on a nine-year prison sentence and owes the IRS nearly $250 million in back taxes, penalties and interest.