Wesley Snipes’ request to serve his tax evasion sentence from January 9, 2011, has been denied by a federal judge. Instead, he will be required to start his sentence as early as December 9, 2010.

Wesley had asked for the postponement so that he could spend the holidays with his four children, reports TMZ online.

Dismissing the actor's request, the judge said, “The sooner he begins his sentence the sooner it will end.”

The judge also observed that the Blade actor had been given enough time to set his affairs in order. The three-year sentence has been in abeyance for the past two and a half years. Snipes will serve his time at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

A case was filed against Snipes as it was found that the actor had not paid any taxes on the reported $38 million he earned since 1999, in addition to several misdemeanor and felony offenses. The 48-year-old star has been acquitted of more serious felony charges but he has not been able to escape sentencing for his 2008 felony tax conviction.