In March 2013, actor Stephen Baldwin, 47, pleaded guilty to failure to file his state income tax returns for three consecutive years between 2008 and 2010. This has left him with a $400,000 debt to clear for a delinquent state tax bill.
Having already paid an initial payment of $100,000 and agreeing to pay the remaining debt within a year, Baldwin appeared at Rockland County Court, New York, in October to pay a further $100,000. If Stephen Baldwin fails to meet the deadline to pay off his debt then prosecutor Anthony Dellicarri has told the judge the actor should go to jail.
However, Baldwin has reassured Judge Charles Apotheker that he will be able to settle the remaining debt of $100,000 before the March 2014 deadline. The judge was pleased to receive the payment, saying that it showed commitment on Baldwin's part. Baldwin and his lawyer, Russell Yankwitt, have said that the judge's decision to allow payments on a quarterly basis have made repayment easier for the actor.
Stephen Baldwin had also appeared in court in July but unfortunately he was unable to pay off any of the outstanding money at that point. If he successfully meets the deadline for repayment of the fine, Baldwin will receive a conditional discharge for the offence.