Baldwin faces up to four years in prison if convicted. The New York District Attorney says Baldwin did not pay taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and owes $350,000.
Baldwin's lawyer says his client did not commit any crimes. The actor took to his Twitter page posting, "Thnx4all the prayers, Been trying2 work this out4some time! Want2correct this&of course pay what I owe! Difficult situation. God is good."
The actor is due back in court on Feb. 6.
Baldwin, 46, starred in 1995's "The Usual Suspects" and appeared in 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July." He is scheduled to appear in March on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." He also co-hosts a radio show with conservative talk figure Kevin McCullough.
Stephen Baldwin is the youngest of the acting Baldwin brothers, Alec, William and Daniel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.