It’s pretty easy to skip filing a tax return. Even a second or third return. But sooner or later, the IRS has a habit of catching up with you. Especially if you’re a high-profile rich person, like hip-hop and R&B artist and eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill.
Hill was sentenced to three months in prison and another three months of home confinement after failing to file tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007, as reported in the New York Times. She’s supposed to report to prison on July 8.
Her attorney said before the sentencing that Hill had paid more than $900,000 to settle her tax debts and penalties, according to the Huffington Post. Hill didn’t pony up until after federal judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized her in court in Newark, saying, “This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
Apparently the payment didn’t mollify Arleo, who obviously felt Hill deserved a little quiet time to think over her bad behavior.