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Stephen Baldwin admits tax evasion

Stephen Baldwin, the brother of Alec, has avoided paying New York income taxes.
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NEW CITY, NY - MARCH 29: Attorney Russell Yankwitt (L) and client Stephen Baldwin (R) address the media after Baldwin after pleaded guilty to a charge of repeated failure to file income taxes at Rockland County Courthouse on March 29, 2013 in New City, New York. (Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)

What's the secret to lowering your taxes in the short-term? Becoming rich and important, and then lawyering up. Actor Stephen Baldwin, one of Alec's less-famous actor brothers, has avoided a jail sentence after admitting income tax evasion, BBC News reported. In Rockland County Court, Baldwin admitted failing to pay New York state income taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

A plea bargain was reached that enables the star to get a brand new, clean record if he pays back $300,000 within a year.

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"I just look forward to getting the $300,000 paid in the next year," he told reporters outside court

Baldwin, currently appearing on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," still kind of blamed the evasion on others, the Associated Press reported. "Unfortunately, I got some really bad suggestions and advice ... from lawyers and accountants," he said.

Well, at least he doesn't have to go to jail. On a related note, last year the NYPD allegedly killed an unarmed man for stealing rocks.