Lauryn Hill Responds To Charges For Failing To File Tax Returns

UPDATE: Lauryn Hill faces a $100,000 penalty and will go before a judge.

Lauryn Hill has been charged on three counts of failure to file tax returns from 2005, 2006 and 2007.

According to, the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey filed the charges earlier today. Between 2005 and 2007, Ms. Hill earned $1.6 million in income from royalties and operating four companies: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc.

The former Fugee faces a maximum $100,000 fine and is scheduled to go before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp on June 29th.

[June 7]

UPDATE: Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr account to post a lengthy response to the charges brought against her for failing to file tax returns. Read the full post below.

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground.  I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.  Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance.  I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.  I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power.  These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, 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.  So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.  During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics.  Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.  When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource.  It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it.  This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system.  It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it.  If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family.  Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by.  This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation.  In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’.  Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before.  Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego.  Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else.  Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual.  I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking.  To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights!  These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech!  Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season!  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.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period.  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.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done.  This is part of that process.  To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue.  I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

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  • GrimLeRogue

    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 Randy Quaid are being menaced by similar gangsters to the ones menacing Ms. Hill

    • Anonymous

      absolute truth. I just wonder why DX would post this, Lauryn Hill obviously does not cater to their demographic. But I guess since she is in trouble with the gov't, then they have to put a true hip hop legend on blast like that. Oh wait... Steven J Horowitz wrote this?? Yep, this is def an attack. Devils are in every form of media, do not think the corporate hip-hop blogs/websites have no one to answer to. Peace to the real hip hop sites that support real shit instead of hiding behind sugar coated anti hip hop agendas. I can see CORPORATE all over this website.

  • Fuck Lauryn Hill

    I would LOVE to rob this ho and her daughter!

    • Got Money In My Bank

      hell yea you robbing folks cause you are STARVING. now see a nigga like me, I got enough bills to build my own bank and I'm still in the ghetto! You roll around and see me and then you be like "What is he doing there?" That's because I'm so hood I don't need to leave the hood. But you in the ghetto because you stuck on that mothaphucka.

  • Anonymous


  • ASEE

    Yo Lauryn, you smeared YOUR OWN credibility by being a diva at your shows for the past two years. The people were so pumped to have you back and you disappointed us.

  • Allen Casillas

    The fucked up part is that NONE of you get it. Just running your mouths "JUST PAY YOUR TAXES" You have NOO fucking clue what she's talking about.

  • Bob

    Everyone in here is bitchin' bout 'just pay the taxes', 'you have to in the US'. You people think you know it all when you know nothing of what you're talking bout. WHILE YOU GUYS ARE PROUDLY FILING/PAYING YOUR TAXES, a bunch of your favorite/wealthiest corporations paid LESS taxes than YOU. A corporation is legally considered an 'entity' just like you, which means the same rules applies to them as it does us. NOW ASK YOURSELF, WHOSE THE REAL SUCKERS! we are.

    • millionaire?

      R U dumb? What makes u think shes a millionaire? She lives plain as the most of us. She doesn't floss ice, no mansion etc, royalty battles out the arse, legal woes and if she's complaining about 100 000 hints that she's hurting for cash, maybe thats why she tried to do some shows. Smfh at these younginz.

    • Anonymous

      Yet here you are defending a millionaire for not paying her taxes, IRONY

  • Anonymous

    LOL nice try lauryn but what is she really trying to say here ? that because she allegedly is persecuted by the music biz illuminati, the same music biz that made here millions upon millions of dollars, she doesn't have to pay taxes ? seems like someone if full of themself, she made millions by SELLING music, sure the music was great but it's not like she gave it away for free we had to pay for that shit, so she needs to step of her high horse & cut uncle sam that check

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  • Anonymous

    dont matter what she or anyone say's on here, true of the matter i work a 9 to 5 and uncle sam take taxes from me and i have to file my tax returns, if i am above ground or under ground dont matter, hiding or not, that rule apply too all

  • Michael

    You people do realize she's referring to something that can be related to the Illuminati, right? While I don't believe in it, I do believe there is a Satanic nature within the business, but people are too blind to really look at it for what it is. This statement isn't just about the music or paying taxes. There really are evil people out there who leech onto these artists for another agenda. And it can only be classified as Satanism. If you're not religious, I completely understand your denial, but the world is ran by this ideology. It's only logical that there has to be a force to oppose God, one with a big influence in the world, and it's music. That's what Lauryn is alluding to. She's just not outright saying it.

  • Anonymous

    What does that diatribe have to do with her taxes..You cant go underground and neglect your taxes..Thats not how the US works. You make millions and they want their cut.

  • Anonymous

    lol who cares enough people are behind in taxes. its not like she can hide, she'll get to them if she has to.

  • Cealix

    "To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue." Wait....she showed up late to a concert and sounded like shit, cancelled a "comeback" concert (who the fuck does that??), and cancelled a couple other concerts.

  • illnealchi

    its funny how you folks are telling her to pay her taxes... you all probably dont even know that your taxes go straight into them banksters pocket, smh, get off uncle sam dick...

  • RapsBySP

    Wait how can we be sure this really comes from Lauryn Hill? It comes from a Tumblr page where there is nothing else but this text posted. And let me remind you that ANYBODY can create a tumblr page with WHATEVER name they want. Just saying, but if this now really is legit then im with her on the whole leaving the corruption, greed and the system filled with negativity to protect her creativity and the security of herself and her close ones. BUT YOU CAN STILL PAY YOUR FREAKIN TAXES, you can put your dangers aside for one day and pay your taxes. Other people do it so why shouldnt she? Some hardworking people who live in the projects where drugs are sold, guns are shoot and where gangs roam are working hard as FUCK. And you are telling me that they and their families are not faced with dangers? In that case nobody would be paying their taxes. I loved everything she said about protecting her family and what she said about they industry and all of that BUT DONT USE IT AS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT PAYING YOUR TAXES, STOP BULLSHITING. Because for me the text lost a lot of its value when she dropped that bullshit about not paying her taxes............

  • Anonymous

    What dangers? I wanna know. But Lauryn your a smart woman, go underground but still do whats expected of you i.e pay your damn taxes. Dont understand how famous people have all this money and don't pay their taxes, as if their staus has given the right not to, get out your own arse.

  • illone

    lauryn, i see alot talk about you looking for safety and freedom for your family... yo freedom searching arse is about to find yourself permanently parked next to Wesley Snipes.

  • Bob

    Man I read the article and she's on point. Then I looked at the comments... wow, it seems that we have finally reached a time where conformity is not only "cool" but trendy. Google 'Money Mechanics' (just to start). People love to live in bliss, therefore the lack of wanting to know knowledge/truth = bend over, spread those cheeks and smile (because you learned to like it and will defend the actions!)

  • Rodzilla

    Quiet, Trick. FREE BOOSIE

  • QB

    All that talk, yet she can't respect her audiences by showing up on time for her live shows.. if she even shows up at all.

  • Beta2k12

    Its alot of Lauryn Hill haters out here. Yeah she should of payed her taxes but i get where shes coming from but half of yall so close minded dont realize shes talking about something way deeper than Taxes.

  • Anonymous

    sorry Lauryn Hill i see you, yourself is misunedcated

  • Anonymous

    Lauryn Hill believes herself to be much more important and significant than she is. Her popularity and success came from pop music yet she babbles onward, isolating herself from her own fans for years, weaving her image to be this deep philosopher. Everyone ever knows the music industry is cruel, exploitative, and a monopoly that also uses the RIAA as its mafia enforcer to protect its increasingly obsolete racket. Their entire industry is founded on being middlemen: getting rich while screwing artists. No surprise. She's so desperate for attention that she uses any media interest (the same media she demonizes) as a pedestal to write a mass of bullshit about nothing. If she wanted to make people happy, she would make music, show her fans some love, and stop making excuses for being a selfish hypocrite; for instance getting rich during her heyday, keeping the money, and then "insulating herself" (ignoring) her fans while making a phony "stand" against the same industry she rode. Nobody cares, Lauryn. Make a new album or go back into hiding from the bogeyman.

    • thefist:

      LOL.. true sh*t, she need to stop puffin' that Fugee-La... get off the soap box.. pay her taxes.. get her voice back and do some music. I understand the dichotomy (word of the day), but her and Mase need to either go in the studio.. or go home. PERIOD.. enough of the double dutch routine...

    • Beta2k12

      U dont know what u talking about just duck tape u fucking moutch.Please!!!!

    • lol

      just shove that silly shit up ur ass...

  • Phncn MRchntz

    Cyber Agents hard at work on this one. The U.S is a commercial enterprise,that uses deception to control - period. It's not a "Country" nor a "Nation". It's all about commerce - the music business(or any form of entertainment), food, health, education, religion, etc. are all instruments of control. From the time your mother signs that birth certificate, as the state certified nurses inject you, you have been initiated. "Starch and mucus(milk) for the young lad - wouldn't want him seeing the unseen", slowing down your frequency to get you acclimated to this reality. I'ma leave it there. I get a laugh out of you corny ass internet "agents" - Tax dollars hard at work.

    • MAck

      I was co signing....which went right over you oddly shaped head....stay outta grown folks converstaions Son

    • Anonymous

      I guess your too dumb to understand anyway, by your own admittance. sit the fuck down moron...

    • MAck

      You just tried to explain calculus to special ed students (also known as the youth) Thx for trying though.

    • Anonymous

      I noticed the undercovers, these disinfo agents def hitting this page hard, hating on lauryn hill because she speaks real words, god bless Lauryn and her fam, these niggas are trying to really fuck with her, but its cool as long as we have brothas who ain't scared to stand up and say whats really good out here! DX be on that bullshit too, especially steven J Horowitz and Slava Kuperstein. I gotta call yall brothas out, i sense a pattern in the articles these "true Hip Hop heads" write (Rapper Beef, Useless Twitter Drama, Exposing Tax/Legal troubles) and when they post music or do interviews, it's usually with some corny ass known rapper they ass kissing because his record is hot (at the moment), I know frat boys throw up the devil horns, the a ok sign, and the "Two in the pink, one in the stink" hand signs like it's cool, but think about it, how many politicians, bankers, commercial rappers, priests, evangelists, actors, directors, producers, CEOs, Moguls, Oil Magnets, ballas, pro atheletes, team owners, government officials, even regional managers for your corporate retail stores, do the same? What two things do most of these people of power have? MONEY AND A COLLEGE EDUCATION. Miss Lauryn spoke on these "Educated Fools" who follow, for the sake of wealth. it's so obvious, either your completely ignorant to the events unfolding right under our noses, you know and are truly concerned for your family's safety, or you know and you playing like people who believe in this are automatically assumed to be out of their mind. Fuck The PIGs Media And TAXES! This Country Has benn hyjacked by secret societies and elitist pompous pricks! Revolucion!!!

    • Allen Casillas

      YOU get it. I feel you're the only one commenting that does get it. So many ignorant people. It bums me out.

  • Sista said

    Thanks for sharing Ms. Hill. I feel you on this but u gotta pay those taxes cuz they're always looking for a reason to target "us". It is not just celebs that experience sexism and racism by the govt.

  • thefist

    I think she's officially on bath salts

  • Anonymous

    Lauryn....STFU n just pay the tab

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  • Kwords

    The music industry is a beast: destructive, demonic, and detremental to an artists who isnt just chasing fame and money. Many false claims and pretenses in execs and companies ask Chamillionaire and many others who leave major labels and come to realise the hold/control companies & certain persons want over them.

  • Siccmade

    I aint seen sum 1 spend that much time on excuse in my life...

  • L booggieee

    I respect and look up to everything she just said, except one thing: not paying taxes because of it...

  • HolyShit

    Holy shit, what a long winded response. Did she spend her money on dictionaries and thesauruses instead of paying taxes? It's still good to read that Lauryn Hill is still an ass.

  • wu4lyf

    '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.' Why does it mean you don't have to pay your taxes? I pay my fucking taxes - why should't you?? Fuck me some of these entertainers are so pretentious and high minded that they try to justify not paying their taxes...BULLSHIT PAY THEM LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

    • Anonymous

      taxes to fund unjust wars like in iraq and continuing war in afghanistan even after bin laden has been killed?

  • gsp187

    cut the bullshit and just pay your taxes like everyone else

  • Immortal On My Grind

    Ain't this the same bitch that got raped on the hotel by them niggas from Big Boi's entourage?! LOL

  • Anonymous

    I love it when people say its no big deal. If it was no big deal, then why didn't she just pay it to begin with? The problem is with huge success comes a certain sense of disillusion. Since I'm so rich, I don't need to do this or pay for that if I don't want too.

    • Mack

      There is also the dillusion a large % of the Population have that their Opinion (not fact) is somehow truer than pigs flying...

  • Bpitts

    Babe WTF are you talking about... PAy your taxes, all of your fans do... Your record label finds ways not to, so should you... Or pay like us.. TMI Babes

  • Anonymous

    Paying taxes to the corrupt ass government? Fuck them. I ride for all rebels. We need to all stop paying taxes asap. Real talk, lets bring the streets back, real Hip Hop back not these pussies that have infiltrated Hip Hop.

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  • big D

    100,000 dollars? That's all. Lauryn charges $80.00 per ticket. She could make this in one night at the House of Blues. Not a big deal for L Boogie... Anyway, I lost hope on Lauryn Hill putting out another album.... I still listen to the Miseducation after all of these yrs though... greates female MC of all time.

  • Alf Capone

    every other day they have something on here about a rapper not paying taxes. whats up? y arent they payin their taxes

  • Anonymous

    "L Boogie will handle her businesss when she's ready!!" No wonder Nas likes her. They both don't handle their responsibilities.

  • Mortis

    Don't count on L-Boogie to show up on the 29th. People have been waiting for her for far too long. She is so looney she forgot to pay her taxes. Dumb B

  • Anonymous

    DX needs to stop putting people TAX out there... L Boogie will handle her businesss when she's ready!!

  • Anonymous


  • So Icy Boi!

    Nicki wud outrap dis old ass bitch... she cant sing or rap. Its all about Nicki. she is da Queen of real hip hop. YMCMB we run dis shit. swag

    • We get it YMCMB is the best but

      ...even Nicki Minaj herself wouldn't approve of that statement. Case in point, she wanted Hill on "Champions." And we all know only the most swagged-out rappers could be on Minaj's album and Hill have enough quote-unquote "swag" to be featured on the entire album.

    • billy bucks

      You've probably never been more wrong in your entire life. L-Boogie is crazy as cat shit but she would dismember Nicki. You're talking about two different leagues.

  • DK


    • W H O K N O W S

      and they still got mo' bread than everybody on this forum.. a bunch of average nikkas talkin' mad shit about legends.. if that's wut makes u feel big I guess.. BODY URSELF!

  • Angelo

    *Fans ain't gonna wait forever!

  • Angelo

    She seriously should bring out some new music. It's been way too long since we heard new stuff from her. So Lauryn, if you read this: stop making babies and get your ass back in the studio! Fans ain't gonna forever!

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