The Former Fugees vocalist Lauryn Hill has started a three-month prison term in Connecticut for tax evasion.
Hill, began performing together with the Fugees as a teenager in the 90s prior to bringing out her multiplatinum 1998 record album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” pleaded guilty a year ago in New Jersey for neglecting to pay taxes on well over $1.8 million generated between 2005 to 2007. Her sentencing additionally took into consideration unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 which brought about the overall earnings to around $2.3 million.
Just last year, Hill pleaded guilty to 3 counts of tax evasion upon neglecting to file her tax returns from income she generated between 2005 to 2007, with the grand total approaching $1.8 million. Seeing as her sentence had been agreed upon in court just last year, Hill has received support coming from the likes of Stevie Wonder as well as Alicia Keys and she has also compared her struggle with the US tax system to slavery.
‘I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,’ Hill said before U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. ‘I had an economic system imposed on me.’
Hill who has sold millions of albums — 16, to be precise — however when she appeared before the judge in May, she revealed that she lives modestly taking into consideration that the amount of money her music has generated for other individuals.
“Someone did the math, and it came to around $600 million,” she said at the time. “And I sit here before you trying to figure out how to pay a tax debt? If that’s not like enough to slavery, I don’t know.”
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