Apparently, Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” may relate to how badly she handled her IRS tax problems. According to Accounting Today’s article titled: Fugees Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion, Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison plus three months home confinement for failing to file tax returns for five years and not reporting more than $2.3 million in income. The article explains the terms of her sentence:
- In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to charges specifically related to 2005-2007 tax years when she received more than $1.8 million in income. Her new sentence also takes into account the following:
- Additional income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009
- She failed to file federal returns for 2008 and 2009
- Her outstanding tax liability to the state of New Jersey
- The total income Hill owes is $2.3 million and total tax loss of approximately $1,006,517.
- Judge Arleo also sentenced Hill to serve a year of supervised release and ordered her to pay a $60,000 fine in addition to her IRS restitution. The judge has also ordered Hill to fully cooperate with the IRS, including payment of outstanding interest and IRS penalties on her tax obligations.
According to a Wonderwall MSN article, Hill explained to Judge Arleo she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business. Just last June, I wrote a post last June just after Ms. Hill was charged about her explanation for not paying her taxes on her Tumblr account blog. She claimed that she went “underground” in order to live without “being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.” She stated back then she didn’t “deliberately abandon” her fans or her responsibilities (taxes) but instead “chose to retreat as a means of survival.”
Even back then I knew IRS criminal investigators were not going to see it that way. Arguing this type of defense never works, especially of you are a celebrity because the IRS is going to make an example of you because you are famous.
The Internal Revenue Service does not discriminate – it goes after millionaires, celebrities and average taxpayers with the same rigor if they believe them to be cheating or not paying taxes. As seen in the case of Lauryn Hill, they also have no trouble handing down prison sentences to tax evaders if the circumstances warrant no matter who they are or how much money they have.
If you are saddled with significant tax debt or have underreported your income, there’s never a bad time to come forward to deal with your tax debt issues. Your best defense is to consult with a certified tax resolution specialist, tax audit expert, or tax attorney who are IRS problem solvers. These tax professionals can help keep you out of prison and get back into IRS compliance.
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