Lauryn Hill Facing Prison Time For Tax Evasion

By Carter Maness

After failing to file tax returns from 2005-2007, Lauryn Hill is now facing the legal music. The former Fugee has plead guilty to tax evasion and is now facing a $75,000 fine and three years of jail time – one for each year of evasion.

According to TMZ, Hill faced a judge this morning (June 29) and admitted that she "intentionally and willingly" failed to file the returns. Now, she'll face a potential prison sentence at a hearing set for November. After the appearance, Hill was released on $150,000 bail.

When the news of her hefty tax bill broke earlier this month, Hill claimed that she had completely removed herself from both family and society during that three year period. "For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground," she wrote in an open letter.

"I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes," she continued. "But it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind and therefore my health and integrity."

Hill still owes taxes on more than $1.8 million of income earned from 2005-2007.