Lauryn Hill Explains Her Tax Evasion on Tumblr
R&B singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill tried to justify her non-payment of taxes in a long explanation on social networking website Tumblr.com.
The 37-year-old musician logged into her account on the website and revealed that she isolated herself from the modern society in order to protect her family from the prevailing "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism."
The U.S. Attorney's recently revealed that Hill failed to file her tax returns for three consecutive years from 2005-7, and as a result, she was charged with tax evasion in a federal court on Thursday. During those years, she reportedly earned $1.8 million through her music career, but didn't pay a single penny to the US government.
Earlier today, she seemed to suggest that she wasn't a part of the American society during those three years and therefore paying taxes just slipped out of her mind.
"I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival," Hill posted.
Hill, who was a part of the famous hip hop group Fugees, is an eight-time Grammy Award winner. After Fugees disbanded in 1997, she embarked on a solo career and garnered critical and commercial acclaim through the release of her first studio album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
However, she has dropped out of the mainstream music scene since then and a live music album titled "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" remains her only other significant musical creation.
About her tax issue, the "Doo Wop" crooner wrote: "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.
"My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. 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."