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Lauryn Hill Settles Tax Debt One Day Before Sentencing But Still Faces Jail

Settles bill of $900,000


Legendary musician Lauryn Hill has paid off her huge tax debt, the day before being sentenced on federal evasion charges.

The star owed more than $900,000 in back taxes and penalties after failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million of income between 2005 and 2007.

Each charge could earn her up to a year in jail, but today her lawyer says they expect the judge will go easy considering the debt has been repaid.

Lauryn Hill performs in London in April (WENN)

"Ms Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009," her attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email, according to Reuters.

She had apparently planned to raise the money she owed with a new recording contract, but only $50,000 was raised by that route.

She then secured a loan through two pieces of real estate.

Hochman said the money she raised to pay off her debt was not accumulated through record sales, although she did post a new song called Neurotic Society last week - her first in seven years.

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