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Lauryn Hill charged with failure to pay taxes

THE CLIFFVIEW PILOT JUST BROKE THIS STORY:

Singer and actress Lauryn N. Hill, a native of South Orange, was charged today with failing to file three years of income tax returns with the IRS on more than $1.6 million of income.

A complaint on file in U.S. District Court in Newark charges Hill with not paying taxes for ,calendar years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The onetime Fugees member, who turns 36 in two weeks, has a federal court date scheduled in Newark on June 29.

According to the complaint, Hill owns and operates four corporations in addition to
being an entertainer:

Creations Music, Inc.,
Boogie Tours, Inc.,
L.H. Productions 2001, Inc.
Studio 22, Inc.

Her primary source of income, federal prosecutors in Newark said, is royalties from the recording and film industries.

During the three years she failed to file tax returns, Hill received more than $1.6 million in income, it says.

Hill first came to audience’s attention with the Fugees. Then, in 1998, she released the blockbuster solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which earned five Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

But fame turned her away from public performing. After four years out of the spotlight, she did an MTV “Unplugged” gig that produced the live album “No. 2.0.”

Michelle Obama told the BBC that she frequently listens to Hill’s music on her iPod, and Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, once told an interviewer that he dad listens to her: “I borrowed his car once in D.C., and I was looking through [his] CDs, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lauryn Hill.'”

Hill has done soundtrack recordings and mixtapes, while performing here and there at festivals, in recent years.

Hill, who moved back in with her mother and children in South Orange, has five children, five of them with one of reggae great Bob Marley’s sons, Rohan.

The maximum penalty under a conviction is up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Hill would also have to make good on the back taxes.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents with IRS-Criminal Investigation with the work leading to the charges. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra L. Moser of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

Source: Cliffview Pilot

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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