Grammy Award Winning Singer Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

Posted on May 23, 2013

Lauryn Hill allegedly claims that she paid off her tax debt to the IRS before her sentencing date. Yet, a New Jersey judge has issued a sentence that includes prison time in her tax evasion case.

Ms. Hill reportedly owed the IRS approximately $1 million. Last year, she pled guilty to three counts of failing to file tax returns for tax years 2005, 2006, and 2007. According to CNN, the singer told the judge that she planned to pay her taxes. However, the judge reminded Ms. Hill that citizens don’t get to choose when to pay taxes. Rather, taxes must be paid according to the timetable established by the IRS.

Lauryn Hill to Report to Prison on July 8, 2013

The judge sentenced Ms. Hill to three months in federal prison to begin on July 8, 2013. That will be followed by three months of home confinement and one year of supervised probation. Ms. Hill must also pay any taxes and interest still owed and a $60,000 fine. Ms. Hill’s lawyer has told CNN that Ms. Hill has fully paid her outstanding tax debt at this time.

Ms. Hill has no criminal record and has six minor children. She reports that she has lived modestly and that she is planning to release new music.

If you have failed to file tax returns, then it is important to be aware of the possible consequences of your actions. Our Oklahoma City tax lawyers encourage you to read our FREE library article, Unfiled Tax Returns? Oklahoma City Tax Help Lawyer Explains IRS Processes, for more information.

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