Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Faces Up to Three Years in Prison
Published Jun 29, 2012Let this be a lesson to all you self-employed professionals out there: always pay your taxes. R&B icon Lauryn Hill allegedly failed to do so for several years, and now she's paying for her negligence the hard way, with a hefty fine and possible prison time.
TMZ reports that Hill pled guilty to failing to file tax returns for three consecutive years between 2005 and 2007. In that time, she earned over $1.8 million. She reportedly admitted to the judge that she "intentionally and willingly" neglected to pay her taxes.
Hill is due to be sentenced in November, at which time she could receive up to three years in prison and a possible $75,000 in fines. For now, she has been released on $150,000 bail.
Hill previously explained her failure to file taxes on her Tumblr page by blaming "a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda."
This isn't the first time in recent years that Hill has become embroiled in legal and financial trouble. In 2011, her former guitarist sued her with claims of harassment and unpaid wages.