Lauryn Hill starts three-month prison sentence for tax evasion
Lauryn Hill on Monday started serving a three-month prison sentence for three counts of misdemeanor tax evasion.
“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” artist and former Fugee reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., a minimum-security prison where she’ll live in dorm-style quarters and have a job (think food service, maintenance). After her three months are up, she’ll spend three months in home confinement as part of a year on parole.
Hill was sentenced in May after pleading guilty last summer, admitting at the time that she intentionally failed to file tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She repaid about a million bucks in back taxes owed, making her final payment right before sentencing in May.
“I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’ ... make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities,” the multiple Grammy winner wrote last week on her blog as part of a much larger statement about racism. “The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?!”
Taken into consideration at the time of sentencing were unpaid state and federal taxes for 2008 and 2009 as well. All told, Hill failed to file taxes on about $2.3 million in income.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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