Update: According to court documents, Lauryn Hill may be on the hook for more than $440,000 in back taxes to the State of New Jersey in addition to the $1.8 million already owed in federal taxes. A civil judgment was entered against Hill in June by a Jersey court and revealed today, claiming the singer was responsible for $446,386 in unpaid state taxes. Damn. Can someone please get Ms. Hill a decent accountant so our next post on her can be about actual music?
Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday in a New Jersey federal court to three counts of tax evasion, Reuters reports. The rapper/singer faces up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines when her sentencing occurs in November.
Nathan Hockman, Hill's attorney, told NJ.com that "there are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability. They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was." And because she made millions of dollars. And didn't pay.
Hill, who has spent weeks publicly defending her decision to not pay taxes on $1.6 million in 2005, 2006 and 2007, took to her Tumblr earlier this month to explain her decision to not pay taxes. "For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground," opened the 1,300-word statement. "When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."
After Friday's heading, Hill was released on $150,000 bail. You may begin your "Lost Ones" puns....now.