Lauryn Hill seems to find herself back in a slew of financial problems with the IRS. The Fugees vocalist failed not only to pay $1.8 million for her share of federal taxes, but reports claim that Hill owes an additional $446,386 in New Jersey state taxes. Back in June, Hill plead guilty for failing to file federal tax returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007. She faces up to three years in prison and will be sentenced this November.
The Grammy winning singer posted a statement to her Tumblr defending her actions. “For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.” Hill continues, “Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution. My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.”
Umm? Sorry, Miss Hill, I can understand your position and all but last time I checked, the IRS doesn’t exactly go out of their way to “find alternative solutions” for those trying to revolutionize the American tax system. Kudos for trying, though.
Does this mean we should be on the lookout for a speedy [hint: fast cash] comeback album from the ever-so-secluded singer? Stay tuned.