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.)