UPDATE: Lauryn Hill Pays $900,000 In Taxes Ahead Of Sentencing, Still Gets 3 Months

May 6, 2013  |  

UPDATE: Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison and three months house arrest. Details here.

Lauryn Hill’s attorney Nathan Hochman says the Grammy-award winning singer has paid $900,000 in back taxes and penalties ahead of her sentencing for federal tax evasion, Reuters reports. Hill will be in court in Newark today to face the judge over failure to file tax returns on $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.

Reuters says her sentence will be impacted by the amount she ultimately pays.

“Ms Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009,” Hochman said in an email.

Last month her attorney said she has arranged for loans on two pieces of real estate to cover the tax tab. He says the money didn’t come from music sales.

Hill did release a new song, “Neurotic Society,” this past week. She says it was another thing she was legally required to do, but felt strongly about the message in light of the death of Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly.

In a post on Tumblr a couple of weeks ago, Hill confirmed that she has a new contract with Sony Worldwide Entertainment to launch a new label and is working on new music. She added that she has been fighting a decade-long battle “for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.”

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