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

(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. (Read more Lauryn Hill stories.)

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