Apparently, Lauryn Hill and taxes do not mix. But unfortunately for her, that’s not really an option.
The former Fugees singer, who has been looking at three years in prison due to tax evasion, could in fact avoid her time inside thanks to a $1 million Sony record deal.
Lauryn owes close to $504,000 in federal taxes on her $1.8 million income earned between 2005 and 2007. But things were looking up at her Monday proceeding in Newark, New Jersey.
Assistant US Attorney Sandra Moser said that Lauryn’s five song Sony deal could be the solution. Judge Madeline Cox decided to postpone the singer’s sentencing until May 6th, giving her the added time to pay off her taxes. The Judge said:
Phew! That was close!
Famed R&B artist Lauryn Hill was almost sent upstate to the pokey today after pleading guilty to evading the tax man from 2005 to 2007!!!
In fact, she was sentenced to prison, but her magician of a lawyer bought her two extra weeks to try and raise the $968K she owes her favorite Uncle Sam!
Her sentencing is set for May 6 and apparently Mrz. Hill will try everything from taking out loans to inking
Did you remember to file your taxes? We hope so, because if not you might be in some SERIOUS trouble!
Just ask Lauryn Hill! The R&B songstress has a long history of financial troubles, and could be facing jail time after failing to file her tax returns from 2005 to 2007!
But the former Fugees singer is begging Uncle Sam to go easy on her and says a series of threats to her and her family forced her to live off the grid and stop paying her taxes altogether.
A legal document filed by Lauryn and her team explains:
Maybe he should be leaving on the midnight train out of Georgia!
If the rapper who sang The World is Yours and If I Ruled the World wielded as much power as his lyrics suggested, taxes wouldn't be a concern!
Unfortunately for Nas, the world is NOT his and taxes are a concern!
The Georgia Department of Revenue says the musician owes the state over $1 million in back taxes, and they're garnishing his wages on his upcoming Live Nation tour to obtain them!!
Holy guacamole, that's mucho dinero!
In his new tell-all book, Wyclef Jean admitted to having an affair with fellow Fugee, Lauryn Hill!!
The fact that he was doing that thing with Lauryn wasn't the crAAAziest part of the his story, though. Wyclef writes that the WORST part about the cheating — and what possibly caused the band to break up — was that Mz Hill LIED and told Wyclef he was the father of her first child!!
He wrote in his book:
Why would anyone ever wanna do that??
Apparently, Lauryn Hill had a chance to tell her side of the taxes story when Oprah reached out to her for an interview.
But she refused!!
….what!?!? (We're still trying to wrap our head around this.)
The world found out about this when
Lauryn Hill is already facing up to three years in prison for federal tax evasion, but now New Jersey is going after her for not paying taxes too!
The state issued a civil judgement in June which found the Fugee owed $446,386 in unpaid taxes.
Fortunately for her, those charges won't lead to more jail time since the debt is a civil liability as opposed to a criminal one.
We hope this gurl can get her life back in order after this financial and legal blow. We'll find out in November whether or not she's going to prison and if so, how long she'll be there.
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