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Lauryn Hill may have made a lot of fans happy with her music during the mid-00s, but apparently, her spending habits didn’t play too well with the federal government. The IRS is accusing the former Fugees’ singer of not filing her tax returns between 2005 and 2007. She allegedly made more than a million-and-a-half dollars during that stretch, and Uncle Sam wants his cut immediately.
According to CBS, Hill spent much of that time away from the public eye raising her children, but thanks to the popularity of tracks she’d already written, the royalties still flooded in at impressive rates.
Hill is yet to speak publically about the charges against her, but as many celebrities have learned in the past, the government doesn’t play around when it comes to taxes. The IRS will garnish your wages, aggressively go after your assets and do just about anything it needs to do to get paid. Once interest and time are factored in, it would be surprising if the government did seek more than five hundred thousand dollars, which, even for a successful musician, is a pretty daunting tab.
We’ll keep you updated as the case winds its way through the courts. If she admits the alleged wrongdoing and is proactive about knocking down her tab, I suspect she’ll be given time to work of the supposed infraction. If she drags her heels, the situation probably won’t get pretty.