Wesley Snipes by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com Wesley Snipes by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

Every year we wonder, "Why do we even have to pay taxes?" Um, to stay out of jail. Actor Wesley Snipes received the maximum sentence of three years in prison for not filing three years of tax returns.

The IRS says Snipes skipped out on paying nearly $3 million in taxes on $14 million of income over a three-year period.

Snipes engaged in battle with the IRS for several years, arguing the government had no legal right to collect taxes.

The judge didn't buy it.

Snipes' legal team presented numerous letters from friends and family members asking for leniency since the actor had no prior criminal record.

Was the judge's sentence fair, or do you think he was making an example of Snipes? - J.R. Whalen