Former Fugees vocalist Lauryn Hill is the latest in a long string of musicians who've had to face the music (no pun intended) from the taxman. Hill has been sentenced to spend three months in federal prison for tax evasion despite having paid the nearly $1 million owed to the I.R.S. before she was actually sentenced. The 37 year-old Hill pled guilty last year to three counts of evading taxes and failing to file returns on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007.
While Hill is not the first to have to reconcile an unpaid tax bill, her jail sentence is somewhat of an extreme measure. Once Hill’s sentence in the big clink is wrapped up, she will spend three months on house arrest followed by nine months of supervised release.
Not all musicians who try to evade tax payments end up in jail. But what is certain is this: The taxman will eventually get what is coming to them.
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