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Stephen Baldwin is paying off his taxes

Actor Stephen Baldwin is starting to pay his back taxes, according to a release from state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox.

Baldwin, 47, of Rockland County, appeared in court today and presented ac certified check for $100,000, which is on the total amount of $343,068 that he owes in personal income taxes, penalty and interest. The payment comes less than a year after Baldwin was arrested and arraigned on one count of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class E felony.

“I thank District Attorney Zugibe for his tireless work in prosecuting this case,” Mattox said in a statement. “It shows that, regardless of a person’s occupation or financial situation, all New Yorkers must meet their obligation to pay their fair share of income taxes in a timely manner.”

According to the charges, Baldwin didn't file an income tax return for 2008, 2009 and 2010. He pleaded guilty to his felony charge in March and agreed to pay an additional $300,000 by the time he is sentenced in March 2014. His next court appearance is in January.

Mattox said it is common for his office to set up installment payment agreements to help taxpayers fulfill their filing requirements voluntarily. “We work diligently with taxpayers to address issues before they escalate," he said. "If you have a tax debt, don’t hesitate - take action and contact us to resolve your situation.”

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