Looks like our girl Lauryn Hill is going to spend some time in prison for her tax crimes. She pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on about $2.3 million during a 5-year period.
Here’s a breakdown of what tax fraud got her. She’ll have to:
- Pay what she owes to the IRS ($1,006,517)
- Pay a $60,000 fine
- Three months in federal prison
- Three month house arrest with electronic monitoring
- One year of supervised release
Hill says she recently cut a deal with Sony, but I wonder how the creative juices are going to flow staring at the inside of a prison cell for 3 months and then being stuck inside for another 3 months. She will probably be allowed to work while serving her home confinement term, but may be given a curfew and restriction on travel.
I hope Hill does release new music and I hope she makes a lot of money so she can pay her tax debt. Based on the public comments I have seen, she does not appear to harbor any bitterness or anger against the government. But with any luck, maybe we’ll hear tax themes and undertones in her new music. That would be nice.