After Lauryn Hill paid $504,000 back in taxes the eve to her sentence to the Internal Revenue Service and another $420,000 to the state of New Jersey, her attorney told the court. She still owes another $285,000 in interest and penalties.
Although Hill attributed her failure to pay taxes to years of pressure she experienced as a recording star while raising six children, forcing her to go underground and stay out of the public eye. She also told the court that she pulled away from society because her life was in crisis, received veiled threats and was blacklisted because she did not conform to the norms of the music industry.
A U.S. magistrate judge sentenced the Grammy-winning hip hop artist Lauryn Hill to three months in prison, three months in home confinement and a $60,000 fine on Monday for federal tax evasion. Hill must report on or before July 8.
Currently the songstress has released a new track called ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix).’ This was posted on iTunes on Friday.
According to reports, the singer, who now goes by the full name Ms. Lauryn Hill, was required to release the song as part of her deal with Sony Music. Reportedly, the record label paid her outstanding tax debt in return for new material.