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Famous Tax Cheats Quiz
by Staff
The only thing more fun than learning about tax law is being quizzed on it! Don't worry -- incorrect or incomplete answers on the following quiz won't result in an audit.

Leona Helmsley famously said which of the following?

  • There is no such thing as a good tax.
  • We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.
  • The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
  • Paying taxes is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher.

For which of the following can you go to jail (in the United States)?

  • Failing to pay a credit card bill
  • Failing to pay a mortgage
  • Failing to pay a health insurance premium
  • Failing to pay car insurance

Which of the following celebs went to jail for their tax troubles?

  • Heidi Fleiss
  • Martha Stewart
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Willie Nelson

Which of the following celebrities was hit with the biggest bill for back taxes?

  • Heidi Fleiss
  • Martha Stewart
  • Nicolas Cage
  • O.J. Simpson

For which of the following was Al Capone NOT arrested?

  • tax evasion
  • carrying a concealed deadly weapon
  • contempt of court
  • racketeering

What is the IRS conviction rate for tax evasion cases they choose to prosecute?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 90 percent

Which of the following jailbirds served the most hard time for tax evasion?

  • Heidi Fleiss
  • O.J. Simpson
  • Al Capone
  • Martha Stewart

Who among the following has never publicly been in trouble with the IRS?

  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
  • Walmart vice-president Tom Coughlin
  • Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski

Which of the following celebrity tax evaders willed $12 million to her dog while cutting her grandchildren out completely?

  • Judy Garland
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Sophia Loren
  • Leona Helmsley

Which of the following tax evaders opened a coin-operated laundy?

  • Heidi Fleiss
  • Judy Garland
  • Willie Nelson
  • Pete Rose

True or false: Martha Stewart was convicted of tax evasion.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Which of the following celebs best covered their assets during their legal troubles?

  • O.J. Simpson
  • Pete Rose
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Judy Garland

Which of the following celebs has only been in trouble with the IRS once?

  • Pete Rose
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Martha Stewart
  • Darryl Strawberry

Who said, "There are more serious problems in life than financial ones. I've been broke before and I will be again."?

  • Willie Nelson
  • Pete Rose
  • Al Capone
  • Martha Stewart

Which of the following accused tax cheats was completely cleared of any wrongdoing?

  • Tim Geithner
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Boris Becker
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

Which of the following sports stars convicted of tax evasion moved to Switzerland to avoid paying any future taxes?

  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Pete Rose
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Boris Becker