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Lauryn Hill Explains Her Tax Evasion on Tumblr

The former Fugees singer blamed her failure to pay taxes on the society's "hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism." 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."

Written on Jun 09 2012 by Zohaib Ahmed (Google+ profile), junior writer at KOvideo. Tags: lauryn hill

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Grim LeRogue 20p 2 years ago

Tila Tequila & Randy Quaid are being menaced by the same entertainment industry underworld gangsters

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Grim LeRogue 20p 2 years ago

Anyone can tell from reading her statement that she is in desperate fear for her life; and the music industry mafia is using scare tactics to strong arm her and she was just trying to make sure she never ran out of $ to a point where they could attach their fangs to her & she'd be helpless. She is obviously not a criminal but the govt can be bought & is now punishing her as a compensation for not protecting her like the govt vows to do for us. Praise Ms. Lauryn Hill for not folding to those gangsters! I admire you since DAY ONE! Shame on the bullies who root for her collapse. You peons are not worthy to be spit on by her courageous saliva. Love you, Ms. Hill! People need to rally behind and support her, lest they Michael Jackson Whitney her. Come on these are devils in that music bizness! the DEVIL and all you punk entertainers who allow yourself to be muzzled silent (while acting tough and bad) as she fights for your freedom to create unmuzzled by Satan. come on you aggressive herbs; Lauryn Hill is far more tough than any of you gun-waving stooges. And to you cowardly r & b singers who admire her, SPEAK UP! This woman's life is on the line!!!!! If you doubt the music industry mafia is in bed with the I.R.S. think back to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich denouncing Bank of America; then being arrested the VERY NEXT DAY! This is no different. Lauryn last week spoke out against music industry intimidation tactics at Summer Jam; & boom, the I.R.S. on her!! Tila Tequila and Rand

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