Def Sounds previously reported, Lauryn Hill was set to be sentenced in late April on tax evasion charges as she pleaded guilty for failing to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Due to a new $1 million contract with Sony to record a new 5-track album, her sentencing was been postponed for two weeks in order for Hill to repay the tax dept. Now, Lauryn Hill has paid off her tax bill just ahead of today’s tax evasion sentencing.
As reported by Reuters, on Sunday, Lauryn Hill’s attorney issued a statement announcing that the rapper has paid off the balance of more than $900,000 she owed in back taxes and penalties.
Hill’s lawyer issued a statement:
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
Although the Grammy award winning artist has paid off her tax debt, she is still facing three charges for failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.
Hill’s lawyer says she is facing up to a year in jail for each charge, but the final sentence is expected to be adjusted based on her repayment of the money.
Lauryn Hill is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey for sentencing, today.
Stay tuned to Def Sounds as we will keep you updated as Lauryn Hill’s tax evasion case plays out in the court room.