Lauryn Hill Charged With Federal Tax Offenses

Lauryn Hill has built an unfortunate reputation for taking her time before taking the stage at her live concerts, has allegedly been keeping the IRS waiting as well. The Grammy winning star is facing federal charges that she failed to file income tax returns for three years. In connection with the charges filed Thursday (June 7), authorities say she earned more than $1.6 million in the years she didn’t file, and now faces up to three years in prison if she’s convicted. Details below.

Hill controls four different corporations and generates the majority of her income from music and film royalties, according to a statement issued to MTV. The acclaimed singer (and former Fugees frontwoman) has gradually been rebuilding her public profile after years out of the spotlight — including performances at Coachella, Rock The Bells and on Late Night.

But the charges relate to years that Hill was less active, 2005-2007. Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney contend that she generated gross income of around $818,000 in 2005; about $222,000 in 2006, and more than $761,000 in 2007 — but didn’t file returns with the IRS on that money during that period.

The tax problem comes just days after Hill surprised fans with a brief set at the controversial Hot 97 Summer Jam concert — and stood up for Nicki Minaj, who’s been feuding with the station since morning DJ Peter Rosenberg mocked “Starships” from the stage.)

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  • Grim LeRogue

    Anyone can tell from reading her statement that she is in desperate fear for her life; and the music industry mafia is using scare tactics to strong arm her and she was just trying to make sure she never ran out of $ to a point where they could attach their fangs to her & she’d be helpless. She is obviously not a criminal but the govt can be bought & is now punishing her as a compensation for not protecting her like the govt vows to do for us. Praise Ms. Lauryn Hill for not folding to those gangsters! I admire you since DAY ONE! Shame on the bullies who root for her collapse. You peons are not worthy to be spit on by her courageous saliva. Love you, Ms. Hill! People need to rally behind and support her, lest they Michael Jackson Whitney her. Come on these are devils in that music bizness! the DEVIL and all you punk entertainers who allow yourself to be muzzled silent (while acting tough and bad) as she fights for your freedom to create unmuzzled by Satan. come on you aggressive herbs; Lauryn Hill is far more tough than any of you gun-waving stooges. And to you cowardly r & b singers who admire her, SPEAK UP! This woman’s life is on the line!!!!! If you doubt the music industry mafia is in bed with the I.R.S. think back to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich denouncing Bank of America; then being arrested the VERY NEXT DAY! This is no different. Lauryn last week spoke out against music industry intimidation tactics at Summer Jam; & boom, the I.R.S. on her!! Tila Tequila and Randy Quaid are being menaced by similar gangsters to the ones menacing Ms. Hill