David Allan Coe is probably breathing a little easier today after he found out recently that he won’t be spending any time in a federal penitentiary.
The singer/songwriter (and original country bad ass) had been accused of failing to file taxes as well as not paying the taxes he had filed and owed money on for multiple tax years. Last year, he pleaded guilty to impeding and obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws and was facing a maximum of three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. Lucky for the 76-year-old, however, the courts took mercy on him and decided not to send him to the pokey for his admitted money crimes.
According to WLWT.com, the singer was recently sentenced to three years probation and must pay the IRS nearly one million dollars for the 2008 through 2013 income tax years.
WLWT.com reports that Coe owes the IRS $388,190.94 for 2009, $35,640.10 for 2011, and $42,733.82 for 2013, along with interest and penalties. I’m not really sure if the $980,911.86 restitution he’s been ordered to pay the IRS is the money he owes along with the interest and penalties or if the nearly million dollar fine is on top of the money he already owed.
I guess it doesn’t really matter because either way that’s a buttload o’ cash.