June 8, 2012- Lauryn Hill, the eight-time Grammy award winner was charged for failing to file federal income tax for a number of years with the IRS said the U.S. Attorney’s office located in New Jersey.
During the three years 2005-2007, Hill earned over $1.6 million and did not file returns for any of those three years said federal prosecutors. Hill’s major income source is royalties from the film and recording industries. She owns and operates four businesses as well, according to documents for the court.
Hill, 37, started her career with a group known as The Fugees and her solo career started in 1998. That year she released the album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that was critically acclaimed.
The album was given high marks by critics for its lyrics and synthesis of soul and rap. It sold over 8 million copies and Hill was named by Time magazine as the Hip-Hop Nation’s new face.
Hill then disappeared from the public eye to raise her family of six children. Five were from Bob Marley’s son Rohan Marley. Hill continues to live just outside of Newark, New Jersey in the suburb of South Orange.
On June 29, Hill will face a magistrate and could be charged with a penalty of one year in jail and a fine of over $100,000 on each charge.