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Singer Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Tax Charges

Lauryn HillBy SAMANTHA HENRY

Five-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey announced Thursday.

Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she allegedly failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. Hill's primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries, prosecutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc., according to court papers.

A message left early Thursday for her California-based attorney, Nathan J. Hochman, was not immediately returned.

The 37-year-old Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

The album, praised by critics for its incisive lyrics and synthesis of rap and soul, sold 8 million copies. Hill was pronounced the face of "The Hip-Hop Nation," by Time magazine.

She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.

Hill lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark, and had attended Columbia High School in Maplewood.

Hill is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29.

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Racism is the worst manifestation of the human creature. In light of what white people has done in history to other people of color on planet earth. I assume if there is such a place as "HELL FIRE", it must be a place that is saturated with your ancestors. So in your bombastic and arrogant self righteous comments, you should be careful what you wish on other people. It's written...

June 10 2012 at 6:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marine1942

She is part of the evil 1%. March outside her house, throw stones at her, paint slogans on her house, yell bad things at her kids. Yah make the rich pay their share. In fact make them pay more of their share. Even better have the pay all taxes 'cause we needs that money.

June 08 2012 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mike

And how is it that the IRS is just noticing she hasn't filed returns for three years? More than 5 years ago? Are you seriously going to tell me the IRS can't run a simple query by SSN that shows who hasn't filed the PREVIOUS year's tax return and be all over them right away? What a joke !!! This is the government you are paying for.

June 08 2012 at 8:52 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
free the mind

Racism is the worst manifestation of the human creature. In light of what white people has done in history to other people of color on planet earth. I assume if there is such a place as "HELL FIRE", it must be a place that is saturated with your ancestors. So in your bombastic and arrogant self righteous comments, you should be careful what you wish on other people. It's written...

June 08 2012 at 2:25 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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ilm9p

What's next? You want to talk about reparations? Guess what, we've already paid you reparations. Trillions in free healthcare, trillions in free housing, trillions in free Food Stamps, trillions in free schooling, free breakfast, free lunch, free computers, free everything. Free jobs with all the work picked out and still get paid on Friday. We've given you every advantage over every other race in this Country and think up new ways every year to throw even more free money at you. And you know what you have to show for it? Nothing, absolutely nothing. You've squandered everything, everthing! And God forbid anybody point it out - because why? Pull it out, pull that card out, double quick, pull it out, here it comes.......the race card. You disgust me.

June 08 2012 at 7:23 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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pfela6

There is no reparation for what you did to Africa, African and Native Americans. It's not a money thing.

June 08 2012 at 10:00 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down
p419w

And lets not foget the free ride we gave them, to be brought over here and be treated llike less than 2nd class citizens. And its not the race card, its the truth

June 08 2012 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
mdeliveryguy

well...she's a millionaire so of course she feels that she doesn't have to pay taxes. Paying taxes are for the 'little people'

June 08 2012 at 2:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
miamiprep

Wow. It's hard to feel sorry for someone who makes so much money & doesn't pay her taxes. Apparently she got bad/no financial advice.

June 07 2012 at 10:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tmktwo

hoodrat slumpig just like every other sista in the ghetto!

June 07 2012 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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pfela6

Haters are sick people. Get some help soon.

June 08 2012 at 10:01 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
choicef

throw her predjudice ass in jail

June 07 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
olsoul11

I sincerly hope all of you with the exception of MRQGODFEAR experience a slow and painful death of a loved one for your wicked and evil comments....I pray your children die of cancer very slow, your mothers are hit by cars and your fathers are tied to a fence and a bull butt ***** him....The definition of white devil is inside of you

June 07 2012 at 6:12 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
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bwyou812

Little over the top with that comment, don't you think? You need to be struck with lightning for
commenting like that. Yet I woundn't wish that on your children.

June 08 2012 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
MRQGODFEAR

JESUS CHRIST 1st Lauryn & you'll be fine. Such evil comments below. WOW! Looks to me like the ILLum,LOOM tryin to bring Lauryn to her Doom, Doom. Hold Jah Head Sis & Endure! Praying for you. 1 Luv

June 07 2012 at 5:55 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply