Now Shooting Himself in the Foot
Former New York Giant and New York Jet Plaxico Burress owes New York State over $59,000 in back taxes from his 2007 tax year, reports TMZ.
In 2007, Burress was a member of the New York Giants, playing under a 6-year, $25 million contract. The Giants won Super Bowl XLII that season in one of the greatest games of all time. Burress caught the game winning touchdown in the 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots, who ultimately came up one win short in their quest for the perfect 19-0 season.
Burress made major headlines in November 2008 after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a New York City nightclub. New York State law mandates a 3 1/2 to 15-year prison sentence for any person convicted of possessing a gun without a license. At the time, his firearm license issued by Florida had expired, and he had no NY license.
In August 2009 Burress accepted a plea agreement resulting in a two-year sentence. Burress was released from prison in June 2011.
New York State tax warrants are public information. After a tax warrant is filed, the State may seek to collect on the liability by pursuing the taxpayer’s personal property. For example, the State could seize funds from a taxpayer’s bank account. I’ve seen the State issue bank levies without first warning the taxpayer, aside from filing the warrant.
The State maintains an electronic database of the warrants presented by the Department of Taxation and Finance. They may be searched by a combination of the taxpayer’s name or city, or county of filing.
Turning 35 on August 12, Burress is currently a free agent. In his first season after the prison release, he caught 45 passes for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Jets. Standing 6’5″, he could provide help to a team looking to add a legitimate red zone target.
We’ll see if an NFL team takes a shot with him. (Poor pun intended.)