By DiMarkco Chandler
Three weeks ago, Lauryn Hill was forced into federal court to face tax evasion charges. Hill’s problem involves her tax bill with the IRS. When Hill’s tax problems first appeared in the media, no one knew what to think. Then, after a few days, she gave a public statement on the record, and it (her statement) sounded much like a bunch of malarkey. The feds accused the former lead singer of the Fugees and now solo artist of knowingly not filing her 2005, 2006 and 2007 federal income taxes. In defense of their accusations, Ms. Hill responded by posting on Tumblr her side of the story. As she puts it, she withdrew from society, going underground to protect herself and her family from various unidentified threats. In order to do this, Hill claims that she had to skip a few tax years to sustain her safety and survival until she was no longer in danger. Interestingly, Hill says she conveyed this information to tax investigators. Not surprisingly, the feds filed tax 3 counts against her, alleging that she failed to file in three separate years, which carries a maximum penalty of one year for each count and $100,000 in fines.
Now, as ridiculous as Hill’s excuse sounds, Hill stood by this defense until yesterday when she pleaded guilty to all three counts and now faces three years in prison.
In her plea, Hill admitted that over the three years in question she earned more that $1.5 million. Specifically, she admitted not paying taxes on $818,000 earned in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. During these years, a total of four corporations under her ownership generated this income.
Hill, declined to make comments after her hearing however, she hinted that she might be willing to expand upon comments she made on her Tumblr page at her sentencing, which was scheduled for late November, 2012.
The rapper was released on a $150,000 bond as she may join several celebrities to be sent to prison for tax evasion. The 37-year-old South Orange resident is the mother of six and is hopeful that the courts will be lenient; recognizing that by sentencing her to jail time they will be taking a loving mother from her children.