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Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Faces Prison Time

Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lauryn Hill has pled guilty to tax charges, admitting that she intentionally failed to file three years' worth of income tax returns with the IRS.  That's according to TMZ, which reports that now the singer and mother of six is facing three years in prison and a possible $75,000 in fines.

Lauryn, who gets most of her money from music and film royalties, is said to have earned more than $1.8 million in the period that she failed to declare, according to TMZ.  The website reports that a judge in Newark, NJ, asked the Grammy Award-winner whether she "intentionally and willingly" failed to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, and Lauryn's answer was, "Yes."

Lauryn is out on $150,000 bail pending a sentencing hearing in November.

A few weeks ago, Lauryn took to Tumblr to address the tax charges against her, writing that she had stopped filing taxes only "when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."

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Lauryn Hill Says She Didn't Pay Taxes Because She Went 'Underground'

David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill says she didn't cheat on her taxes; she went "underground."

A day after federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Hill, 37, with three counts of "knowingly and willfully fail(ing) to make an income tax return to the IRS," according to court documents, Hill took to Tumblr to share her side of the story.

Hill said she withdrew to heal and grow away from the forces that had oppressed and manipulated her in the past. She didn't name any names.

"It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed," she wrote. "Failure to create a non-toxic, non-exploitative environment was not an option."

Hill won five Grammys when she launched her solo career with the album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, but she dropped out of sight in the early 2000s.

The singer pointed out that she paid her taxes before going underground.

"This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family," she wrote.

Hill made more than $1.8 million from 2005 through 2007, the years she allegedly failed to pay taxes, according to federal court documents.

Hill said she conveyed the contents of her post when authorities questioned her about her taxes.

"Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution," she wrote, adding that she always intended to rectify the situation.

She could face up to a year in prison or $100,000 fine for each of three counts, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. She is scheduled to appear before a judge on June 29.

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Lauryn Hill Charged with Failing to File Three Years Worth of Taxes

David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Lauryn Hill has been called the greatest female rapper.  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey call her a tax cheat. 

“Singer and actress Lauryn N. Hill was charged today with willfully failing to file three years of income tax returns with the IRS,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday.

Hill owns and operates four corporations but royalties from her music and movies provide most of her income, which court records say totaled $1.6 million from 2005-2007, the years in which she’s accused of failing to file her tax returns. 

The South Orange, N.J., native is expected in court on June 29.  If she’s found guilty she faces up to three years in prison and a $300,000 fine.

Hill was a member of the hip hop group the Fugees where she sang lead on “Killing Me Softly with His Song.”  Her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, went to number one on the Billboard 200 and produced several hit singles.

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