Lauryn Hill Going To Prison Over Unpaid Taxes

Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in federal prison yesterday (May 6), for not reporting over $2 million in income over a five-year period.

She will also see a three month home confinement, with electronic monitoring.

Hill had paid over $900,000 in restitution, including a $514,000 payment last week. She also signed a new $1 million record deal with Sony, in hopes of alleviating the situation with the IRS.

Hill told US Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo that she intended to pay the tax debt, but she ran into problems after she went on hiatus from her music career, for personal reasons.

Lauryn Hill wrote via her Tumblr acct. “It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs,” She added, “I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.”

This past Friday, Ms. Hill released her new single “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” under her new deal with Sony.