“Girls, you know you better watch out,” Lauryn Hill sang in her 1998 song “Doo Wop (That Thing),” but should have probably listened to her own advice. The Associated Press reports that the singer was charged with failing to file her income tax returns with the IRS in New Jersey.
According to federal prosecutors, Hill did not file her income taxes for three years between 2005 and 2007 in which she earned $1.56 million. While Hill was not active in the music industry, she received royalties from recordings and films. According to court papers, she also obtained her income from her four corporations: Creations Music Inc., Boogie Tours Inc., L.H. Productions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc.
Hill got her start with the Fugees and embarked on her solo career in 1998 with her first album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which won critical acclaim and earned her five Grammy awards that included Album of the Year and Best New Artist. The album went on to sell 8 million copies and Time magazine even crowned Hill the face of “The Hip-Hop Nation.”
Hill, who resides in South Orange, is expected to appear in front of a federal magistrate on June 29. If she’s found guilty, Hill could face up to a year in prison as well as a $100,000 fine for each of her charges.
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