IRS: Lauryn Hill Dodged Taxes

Singer didn't file 3 straight years, faces serious charges

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 7, 2012 4:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lauryn Hill owns four companies and apparently has scads of money rolling in from song royalties, which means doing her taxes probably isn't a breeze. The IRS now says she employed the shaky accounting strategy of not filing at all from 2005 through 2007, reports Reuters. Given that she earned nearly $2 million in that span, the agency has charged her with three counts of failing to file her federal returns, each of which carries a potential sentence of a year in jail and a six-figure fine. And as Wesley Snipes learned, celebrity status is not a get-out-of-jail-free card with the tax man.

This 2011 photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
This 2011 photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.   (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, file)
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