Legendary American singer and actress Lauryn Hill was recently charged with failing to file federal income tax returns from 2005 to 2007. According to the Washington Post, her income from the respective years total $1.6 million+ from music and film royalties that she did not report to the IRS. Depending on the court verdict, Hill can potentially face up to a year in prison or be responsible for paying the maximum fine of $100,000 on each individual charge.
Lauryn Hill is known for her unique R&B and soul music that touched many souls during the late 90s, when her career rised to its peak. Likewise, she was a member of the R&B group, The Fugees. Her 1998 studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was her most successful album both critically and commercially. Hill’s “Doo Wop” (That Thing) reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1998.
Despite the current legal situation that Hill is facing, she continues to impact many youth today; her music remains very positive, and her songs are still used in many films. In fact, Michelle Obama was reported to have told BBC that she frequently listens to Hill’s music.
According to officials, Hill will be appearing before a U.S. magistrate on June 29th. Her attorney, Nathan J. Hochman, was not able to be reached at this time to comment on the issue.Tags: BBC, doo wop, Hip-Hop, IRS, Lauryn Hill, R&B, tax evasion, The Fugees, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Washington Post