Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for federal tax evasion
UPDATED 8:21 p.m.: Lauryn Hill must have received a miseducation in tax law.
The Grammy-award winning musician, 37, was sentenced in a New Jersey court yesterday to three months in prison , three months in home confinement and a $60,000 fine for failing to pay federal income taxes for three years on earnings that totaled about $1.8 million.
Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007 and could have been sentenced to three years in prison. She must report to prison on July 8, according to published reports.
On the eve of her scheduled sentencing, Hill paid at least $504,000 in federal back taxes plus state taxes and penalties, her attorney said on Sunday.
In April, a U.S. magistrate judge admonished Hill for failing to make promised payments on her unpaid taxes ahead of her sentencing.
She had expected to raise the money from a new recording contract last fall but paid only $50,000 when she did not complete the expected tracks, her attorney said.
A new single by Hill, her first in several years, called “Neurotic Society,” was posted on iTunes on Friday.
“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline,” the singer wrote Saturday on her Tumblr page.