Lauryn Hill Makes 11th-Hour Tax Payment
Lauryn Hill has reportedly paid-back the taxes and penalties she had owed, completing the transaction just hours prior to her scheduled sentencing on tax evasion.
The R&B artist's attorney said on Sunday she had “now fully paid” the sums she had owed in federal back-taxes, state taxes and penalties, a figure estimated in some circles to be worth upwards of $900,000.
Hill is scheduled for sentencing on Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey on charges relating to her failure to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007.
On April 22, judge Madeline Cox postponed sentencing, giving until May 6 for Hill to pay off her liability -- but not without delivering some tough words to the singer-songwriter.
"Ms Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009," her attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email, according to Reuters.
The former Fugee faces up to a year in jail for each of three charges. However, the final sentence is expected to be adjusted based on her timely repayment of the money.
Hill recently took to her Tumblr page to open-up on her tax bill, her new deal with Sony Music and the new tunes she’s been working on.
Hill had expected to raise the cash from the new recording contract last fall but only paid $50,000 when she did not complete the expected tracks, reports Reuters, attributing the email from Hochman.
Just last week, Hill released a new song, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)," in connection with her newly signed deal with Sony.
At deadline, Hill’s Tumblr page posted no update on the tax payment.