Lauryn Hill “Explains” Why She Didn't Pay Her Taxes

Posted on Aug 31, 2012

According to The Grio (an African-American news website owned by NBC News), Lauryn Hill—once with the Fugees, and then a successful solo artist—didn't pay any taxes on the $1.5 million she earned from 2005 to 2007. That's a number that's bound to draw the attention of the IRS, which pursued Hill until she pleaded guilty to tax evasion in New Jersey and agreed to pay the amount owed, presumably with penalties and interest.

What's amusing about Hill's case is that she still doesn't seem to understand why her actions were illegal. According to The Grio, she recently posted on Tumblr that she needed to separate herself from the “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism” endemic to the music world. “I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period. Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.”

As a general rule, a pop star's “false entitlement” and need to separate herself from a “climate of hostility” won't cut much weight with an IRS revenue officer who probably makes about one-twentieth of that celebrity's annual income (and, The Grio hints, 2005 to 2007 were relatively lean years for the rap diva.)

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