Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill‘s tax woes have surfaced into the spotlight with reports claiming failed to file in the mid-2000’s.
According to reports, Hill could face a pricey punishment when she appears in court later this month.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey filed charges against reclusive singer Lauryn Hill today on three counts of failure to file tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007. During those years, Hill received $1.6 million in income. While Hill receives most of her income from royalties, she also operates four companies: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc. Hill faces a maximum $100,000 penalty and is scheduled to appear in court, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp, on June 29, 2012. (Philly)
Last weekend, Hill surprised fans by performing at New York radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert.
Lauryn Hill walked onstage to the murky sounds of the Fugees‘ “Ready or Not.” Clearly the “not” in the equation, the girl sitting next to this writer began to cry, her entire body shaking to keep up with her hands. Hill, who performed a New York comeback show of her own the night prior, did “Lost Ones” as she’d originally recorded it, her raps delivered with bite and confidence. Nas, who hadn’t left the stage, joined in for “If I Ruled the World,” a sing-along for the masses. Her eyes looked wide, her lashes big. Her appearance was perfect in its imperfections: she didn’t hit all of the right notes, but she did hit the sweet spots. (Rolling Stone)
Back in February, the soulful singer promised to make a stellar music comback during a Sweden show.
“We appreciate your love and I have to believe that what I did the first time, you received my sincerity from it. So you knew through all those years, all those things that people said, they had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. But understand, my intention was always to come back and give a better version of the story. A more truthful, more honest, more transparent version of the story.” (Prefix Mag)
In 2010, the mother of six discussed taking an 11-year break from the music spotlight.
“There were a number of different reasons (why I left),” she says in the interview. “But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the (music) industry, that really nurtures these gifts.” (USA Today)
Check out Lauryn Hill’s Hot 97 Summer Jam performance below: