By Ken Berry
Apparently, hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill has changed her tune about her tax troubles.
On June 29, the eight-time Grammy award winner pleaded guilty to failure to pay federal income tax on more than $1.8 million earned by four corporations she owns. Hill admitted to "intentionally and willfully" failing to file tax returns for the three tax years spanning 2005 through 2007. She now faces a sentence of up to one year in prison on each of the three counts, plus penalties that could exceed $75,000.
During the hearing before the federal district court judge in New Jersey, Hill's attorney, Nathan Hockman, indicated that she intends to pay the taxes she owes. U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp then postponed sentencing to November to give Hill more time to settle with the IRS.
Hill first rose to fame as a member of the Fugees. The reclusive singer received critical acclaim in 1998 for her break-out album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
When the tax charges were initially brought against Hill, she posted a rant on her Tumblr page, protesting a "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism, and ageism." Hill said that she hadn't paid her taxes and had sought refuge from society for personal safety and the well-being of herself and her family.
We probably haven't heard the last word from Hill on this subject. When pressed by Shipp as to whether her decision was affected, either directly or indirectly, by others, Hill said, " "Indirectly I've been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing."