Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pled guilty on Friday to three counts of failing to file federal income tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007.
According to information provided by U.S. District Court in New Jersey, Hill earned $818,000 in 2005. In 2006, Hill’s total gross income was more than $222,000 and in 2007, she received $761,000.
In each of these years, Hill, former lead singer for the Fugees, was required to file a federal income tax return, but she did not, wrote Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for Newark, N.J.
Hill said she did not file taxes because she had withdrawn from society to protect her family’s safety.
Hill won a Grammy in 1998 for her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The critically acclaimed work broke a first-week sales record for a female artist.
The 37-year-old Hill is scheduled to be sentenced in November.