NEWARK – 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 J. Fishman announced.
Hill is accused of not filing tax returns for calendar years 2005, 2006, and 2007. She is scheduled to appear on the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp on June 29.
According to court documents, Hill owns and operates four corporations in addition to being an entertainer: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc. Her primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries. During the three years she allegedly failed to file tax returns, Hill received more than $1.6 million in income.
If convicted, Hill faces a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the three counts.
Fishman credited special agents with IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge JoAnn S. Zuniga, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The charges and allegations against Hill are merely accusations, and she is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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