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Lauryn Hill Still Reportedly Owes A Million Dollars In Back Taxes

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lauryn-hill-headed-to-courtBy: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

After serving time in a federal prison for tax evasion, ne-soul songstress Lauryn Hill thought her troubles with the IRS would be over; but after being home from jail for just six months, her financial problems are far from over.

According to, the singer still owes nearly $900,000 to the IRS. Hill allegedly failed to pay $422,008.26 she owed for 2005; $19,838.75, 2006; $61, 158.50, 2007; $58,405.71, 2008; $30, 370.91, 2009; $13, 247.73, 2010; $261,838.19, 2011…a grand total of $866,868.05!

Hill was released from federal prison in October. She was allowed to delay her scheduled house arrest so she could go on tour. The Grammy winning artist was in low security female facility in Danbury, Connecticut. She served three months for failing to pay federal income taxes.

Upon her release in October, Lauryn’s lawyer, Nathan Hochman, said his client has paid her taxes in full.

On the same day of her release from prison, Hill released a new song called “Consumerism”- a fast- moving track that puts the spotlight over various-isms, such as skepticism and narcissism- via her official Tweeter feed. According to the linked page, “she wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was I while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.’

The former Fugees star has sold 16 million albums over the course of her career. But she didn’t meet her tax obligations all the time. Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.

Hill told U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in May that she lives “very modestly” and claimed that most of the money from her music went to the other people. Describing her “life of sacrifice with very little time for myself and my children,” Hill insisted that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when. But, at her sentencing, the judge reminded the singer that individual citizens don’t get to decide when they pay the government.


  1. Eddie Donahoo

    March 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I just want her to be ok and this all works out

  2. ana

    March 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Wishing you the best Lauryn! The IRS should go after the tax dodging corporations.

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