(UPDATE) Killing Me Softly: Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion And Faces Prison Time
Update- Singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. When the judge asked Hill if she “intentionally and willingly” failed to file the returns, she replied, “Yes,” according to TMZ.
Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, the singer told the judge that she failed to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. For doing this, Hill will face a maximum of one-yar sentence on each of the three accounts. Hill admitted she didn’t pay taxes on about $818,000 earned in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. The money was earned by four corporations she owned.
Hill was released on $150,000 bail. Her sentencing hearing is set for November.
From AP- Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey announced Thursday.
Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. Hill’s primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries, prosecutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations: Creations Music Inc., Boogie Tours Inc., L.H. Productions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc., according to court papers.
Messages left Thursday for her California-based attorney, Nathan J. Hochman, and an email sent to her publicist weren’t immediately returned.
The 37-year-old Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
The album, praised by critics for its incisive lyrics and synthesis of rap and soul, sold 8 million copies. Hill was pronounced the face of “The Hip-Hop Nation” by Time magazine.
She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.
Hill lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark, and attended Columbia High School in Maplewood.
She is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29. She could face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and $100,000 fine on each of the three charges.