After a report from RadarOnline that Lauryn Hill was hit with seven tax liens spread like wildfire last week, the singer’s publicist, Kathryn Frazier of Biz3 Publicity, put out a statement to Pitchfork denying the news, saying:
“Contrary to media gossip (fact checking seems to be a dying art-form) there are no changes in Ms. Hill’s legal status. Ms. Hill has finished her sentence, has been fulfilling her agreement with the IRS, and is taking care of all outstanding matters in regards to this situation. She is not in jeopardy of any further charges. The press is reporting on paperwork that had recently been filed, and has now become public record.”
It looks like Lauryn Hill may be in the hot seat with Uncle Sam again. According to Radar Online, the IRS has filed seven additional tax liens against the 90s singer.
The documents, which accuse Lauryn of bailing on her taxes between the years of 2005 and 2011, were filed on Jan. 14 and collectively sum up to a whopping $866,868.05. According to the six-year breakdown, the mother of six owes $422,008.26. For 2006, she owes $19,838.75; 2007, $61,158.50; 2008, $58,405.71; 2009, $30370.91; 2010, $13,247.73; and 2011, $261,838.19.
This of course, is major news since Lauryn was convicted last May of failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes. She actually just completed a three-month prison sentence in relation to the previously filed tax evasion charges last fall.
“To me, it is obvious that the accumulation of generational trauma and abuse have created the very behaviors the system tries to punish, by providing no sufficient outlets for the victims of institutional terror,” she wrote in a Tumblr post following her 2013 conviction. “Clearly, the institution tries to hide its own criminal history at the expense and wholeness of the abused, who ‘acting out’ from years of abuse and mistreatment, reflect the very aggression that they were exposed to.”
At this point it’s unclear what Lauryn plans to do about her tax woes or if she has already been actively working to get these issues resolved, but we’re hoping that she can get a handle on the situation and pay off her debt.