Lauryn Hill Pays Her Taxes, Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison

Lauryn Hill pays her taxes to avoid prison

Troubled singer Lauryn Hill paid her overdue tax bill today, but that didn’t save her from doing a time in the federal pen.

USA Today reports that Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay $1 million in overdue taxes.

Prior to the hearing, Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email to TIME magazine Monday that Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes. Hill, but apparently that wasn’t enough for the judge.

Hill was also sentenced to an additional 3 months of home confinement to be served after she is released from prison.

Hill, of South Orange, New Jersey, pleaded guilty last year to evading taxes on $1.8 million income earned from 2005-2007.

In a statement to the judge, Hill said she planned to eventually pay her taxes but she was unable to pay during her self-imposed hiatus from show business.

“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,” Hill told U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. “I had an economic system imposed on me.”

Hill, a follower of ganja smoking Rastafari, has 5 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 with Rohan Marley, the son of late reggae legend Bob Marley. She also has a 22-month-old son by another man.

In a Facebook post, Hill announced she recently signed a record deal with Sony in order to pay her taxes. Hill’s only album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released on August 25, 1998. The album received rave reviews from music critics and went on to sell over 10 million copies. ‘Miseducation’ earned Hill eight Grammy awards.

She put off recording a new album in 1998 when she was forced to settle with a group of songwriters who sued her after she neglected to credit them in the liner notes of ‘Miseducation’.

When asked to provide written contracts to the musicians during the recording of the album, Hill reportedly said, “We all love each other. This ain’t about documents. This is blessed.”

Hill had always maintained that she wrote the songs on the album herself.

Let’s see how many years it takes Hill to record a new album for Sony.

Photos: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

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    71 Responses to “Lauryn Hill Pays Her Taxes, Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison”

    1. 1
      MoniquetheGeek says:

      She also released that MTV Unplugged album. That one was slept on. It was still a good album though.

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      Cubarican says:

      Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes

      ____________________________________________

      Cot-Dayum. :shocked: That’s a lot of money, especially when you haven’t had a hit since the early 80’s.

    3. 3
      DoNotDeleteMe says:

      Yay! :cheer:

      Now get back in that studio pronto!

      :whistle:

      “It could all be so simple…
      But you rather make it hard!”

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      A.J. says:

      so an album is forthcoming? no? that her advance with Sony i guess? no?

    6. 6

      DNDM- that is my favorite song “Care for me care for me said you’d be there for me!”

      :headphone:

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      I just think it’s a story to tell and not to tell the whole story is kind of unfair.
      :rofl:
      ====
      We :love: you L Boogie! :yahoo:
      Just sing the same songs, the same way please. :tea:

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      Just Looking says:

      :clap: :happy:

      Only should go to jail for heinous crimes.

      :yahoo: JMO get info from dont worry and e-mail me back…

      I NEVER CHECK THAT OTHER email, don’t even rememer the password

    9. 9
      Milky says:

      I :love: Lauryn. Cant wait for the new album.

    10. 10
      goat76 says:

      So has she been Certified yet??

    11. 11

      Goat,

      Certified what, crazy? :lol:

    12. 12
      JMO says:

      Who is dont worry? :lol:

    13. 13
      goat76 says:

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:

      Goat,

      Certified what, crazy? :lol:
      ——————————

      You are a WINNER!!!!

    14. 14

      <—is NOT the middle man! :argue:
      #ikidikid
      :pc:

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      MsB2u says:

      now she needs to put out a bad album

    16. 16
      OutsidetheBox says:

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials. :heart:

    17. 17
      Bird says:

      Lauren ain’t gonna record no album. She already dissing them while she takes money from them to keep her crazy azz out the pokey. We’ll get an album from D’Angelo before we see one from her.

    18. 18

      OutsidetheBox says:

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      Well, I :love: you more! #challenge #iono :rofl:

    19. 19

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials.
      ——-
      I like the one where he’s driving the pink escalade :hahaha:

    20. 20
      JMO says:

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

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      Ty says:

      Cubarican says:

      Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes

      ____________________________________________

      Cot-Dayum. That’s a lot of money, especially when you haven’t had a hit since the early 80?s.
      ____________
      And she is still getting paid off those hits and didnt pay her damn taxes.

      *looks for afro pic*

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Goodnight everyone! :bye: See if I can get to the leftovers ‘fore my borther (home from college) do.

      Keep telling him he cant store that chit in his gut. :no:

    24. 24

      Is Francine supposed to be in tonight’s episode?

    25. 25

      Is that a Gucci houndstooth or toothshound?! :lol:

    26. 26
      GellySammich says:

      :kiss: luv ya back. g’night.

    27. 27
      Bird says:

      Night night OTB.

    28. 28
      OutsidetheBox says:

      I like the one where he’s driving the pink escalade
      _____________

      :rofl: :yes: Watch it i nslow motion on YT :rofl:

    29. 29

      :peace:

      I have to go pick up my babeh!

      Y’all he asked me to go get another baby from the store yesterday :dead: From the mouths of babes.

    30. 30

      :nite: OTB
      =========
      *files away the recipe for another day* *snickers*

    31. 31
      Cubarican says:

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

      ________________________

      Hmmmmm. It’s def suspect. The ‘picking’ finger it high like she is stratching but that thumb is all by the nose.

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      Ty says:

      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      Is that a Gucci houndstooth or toothshound?!
      ________
      More like Greyhound :coffee:

    34. 34

      Cubarican says:

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

      ________________________

      Hmmmmm. It’s def suspect. The ‘picking’ finger it high like she is stratching but that thumb is all by the nose.

      THIS is why they hate us :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    35. 35
      Ty says:

      :peace: OTB

    36. 36
    37. 37
      Ty says:

      She is all in it too :hurl:

      Finger coming outta her eye :nono:

    38. 38
      GellySammich says:

      :hahaha: she fully analyzed it though. gwon Cuba

    39. 39
      GellySammich says:

      heeey now DTTS!

    40. 40
      libra80sbaby says:

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint :wail:

    41. 41
      goat76 says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials.
      ——————-
      Yeah Mayhem is losing steam…. I like the ATT and I like SOME of those DIRECTV better than cable commercials.

    42. 42
      Bombshell Esq says:

      libra80sbaby says:

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint
      ———————–

      :cosign: Me tew :crying:

    43. 43
      libra80sbaby says:

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today :no:

    44. 44
      MsB2u says:

      libra80sbaby says:

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint :wail:
      ———————
      me tooooooooooo

    45. 45

      GellySammich says:

      :hahaha: she fully analyzed it though. gwon Cuba

      IKR! It’s like “We said it! And that’s what it is!”

      :lol: :lol:

    46. 46
      AlluringlySweet says:

      She has already released an unfinished single. Its called Neurotic some or ‘nother….can’t remember. :shrug: saw it on another blog

    47. 47

      :smoke: #gettingherpostnumbersUP

    48. 48

      :listen: When it hurts soooooooooo bad, why’s it feel so gooood :love:

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    50. 50
      Just Looking says:

      Send the d$%& THANG AND STOP YAPPING

      ikid ikid :nanana:

    51. 51
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      DTTS,…. you in here having a one person party?

    52. 52
      Sandra Rose says:

      libra80sbaby says:

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today
      _______________

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?

    53. 53

      I was RIF :yes: :rofl:
      ===============
      Ummmmmm, I did it already :babydoeyes:

    54. 54

      *cues Milli Vanilli*
      :whistle:
      I’m in love withchew girllll
      I’m in love withchew girllll

      :2dance:

    55. 55
      libra80sbaby says:

      Sandra Rose says:

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?
      ——————————
      You need an executive assistant Sandra? :lol:

    56. 56
      Bombshell Esq says:

      Sandra Rose says:

      libra80sbaby says:

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today
      _______________

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?

      ———————————-

      Since you’re taking requests Aunty can you send a strongly worded letter my way for my boss…. :crying:

    57. 57
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      Sandra! This Friday is my last day at this job…. how do I keep my login but use my new job email? (they gonna fire me on day one cause the first thing i’m doing is securing my SR login!)

    58. 58

      sloane stephens,

      Shut your trap and show some respect!

      :tea:
      ———————-

      Esq, what’d you end up feasting on? :waiting:

    59. 59
      Bombshell Esq says:

      @ DTTS Oven roasted chicken sandwich from Subway…

    60. 60

      Esq,
      That’s funny, because I got ‘new oven roasted’ from Browns, my first time tasting it. It was good :yes:

    61. 61

      RIF, can’t you just log in like always?! :huh:

    62. 62
      Bombshell Esq says:

      Great minds…. :yes: It was good!

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    64. 64
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      DTTS, but, I don’t want any SR mail for resetting my profile or login info to go to the wrong email address..

    65. 65
      KSabrena says:

      She paid and they still gave her jail time? :thinking:

    66. 66
      Sandra Rose says:

      KSabrena says:

      She paid and they still gave her jail time?
      ______________

      The government loves to make an example out of celebrities who don’t pay their taxes on those millions earned. :tea:

    67. 67
      datsmdubya2u says:

      Sending her to jail will do nothing for her mental health..she gone be defcon 5 cray cray when she gets out.

    68. 68
      Who Dat says:

      Karma is a fat bish aint she???

      Made money off of other peepah songs….. and then didnt pay the tax on said income?

      :coffee:

    69. 69
      scorpio says:

      :rofl:

      @
      datsmdubya2u says:

      Sending her to jail will do nothing for her mental health..she gone be defcon 5 cray cray when she gets out.
      ———————————————————————–

      Inspiration for new material may come from this, but that is a funny as hell comment. Like, is it even possible for her to get more crazy?

    70. 70
      CheBell says:

      Apparently She has a new song out available on iTunes. According to a message she sent, she said Sony is rushing the music.

    71. 71
      Fated4Greatness says:

      MoniquetheGeek says:

      She also released that MTV Unplugged album. That one was slept on. It was still a good album though
      ——

      yes it is! I just want you around and Mr Intentional are my faves

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