As everyone American should know by now, you don’t mess with the IRS. It took Lauryn Hill a long time to get this, and for her folly, she is now facing three years in the slammer.
Today, the former Fugees frontwoman pleaded guilty to three counts of tax fraud, with each count carrying a maximum of one year in jail. But all is not lost. U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp agreed to delay the sentencing from early October to late November in order to give Hill time to make payment.
When Shipp asked Hill if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced her decision to plead guilty, Hill gave a not surprisingly, enigmatic response that screams I’ll tell you when I’m ready: “Indirectly, I’ve been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing.”
The income on which Hill did not pay taxes – $818,000 collected in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007 – was earned by four corporations of which she is an owner.
The singer said through her Tumblr that she “did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by.”