Lauryn Hill: I didn't file taxes because I was 'underground'
June 11th, 2012
03:41 PM ET

Lauryn Hill: I didn't file taxes because I was 'underground'

Lauryn Hill is publicly addressing the charges that have been brought against her, in which she's accused of failing to file her income tax returns for three straight years.

The Grammy-winning singer and rapper explained Friday via her Tumblr account that she didn't file because she had gone “underground” to protect herself and her family.

The mother of six is facing three counts of misdemeanor failure to file income tax returns from 2005 to 2007, during which she's said to have earned more than $1.6 million, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Hill says in her Tumblr statement that her intention "has always been to get this situation rectified,” the 37-year-old New Jersey native wrote about her tax situation. She explained that she “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.”

“When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes,” the former Fugees star wrote. “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.”

To that end, "I have remained what others would consider underground” for the past "several years," Hill further explained of her lengthy absence from the spotlight.

"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," she continued.

"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."

While this issue is being sorted out, Hill's returning to "what I should be doing, the way it should be done."

The singer-actress is expected to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29. She faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison as well as a $100,000 fine for each of the three charges.

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    July 27, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. blessedgeek

    And Mr Romney does not want her to pay taxes. Do you know that?

    July 10, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. BigG

    It's not entirely clear from this article if she paid taxes but simply didn't file returns, or if she did neither – they are two separate processes. If she's like most celebrities, she probably has a corporation which receives all of her royalty and appearance fee payments. She then receives a paycheck from that corporation, from which income taxes are withheld and submitted to the IRS. The corporation, as well as her tax return preparation, are likely managed by an accounting firm. They can withhold and pay her taxes easily enough. But in order to file her tax return, she has to sign it.

    July 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

    Pure narcissism. Jail her and take her money. Her crime is a slap-in-the face to any tax paying citizen regardless of income. Buffet & Gates pay their taxes, right?

    July 9, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. trex

    .......NOT A PROB "L".............I do believe that LEVENWORTH has some cells located underground, just for people like you.

    July 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philadelphia

    What a load of self-righteous crap! Hiliarious!

    July 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Philadelphia

      Or, hilarious, if you are into spelling correctly. Which I usually am. Just not at that exact moment.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. SillyCrap

    You couldn't sneak to a mailbox? They have them all over the place.

    Even if we take you for your word... that means you have the money put aside to pay the taxes right?

    What a friggen joke. pathetic

    July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Antwoine Anderson and a Fan of her Music

    "Miseducation" first hit in 1998. The 77:33 minute album sold over 7,100,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Thats about a million dollars per recorded minute.and since that time....Laurens behavior has been described as everything from "ecentric" to full on "squirell-poo nutty".But when you are dealing with the amount of money a record like that generates.... you would be more than a little nutty too. Bottom line though.... She has paid her taxes. leave that lady alone.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      I wonder if any of the people who worked for her had taxes taken out? Of course SLAVE labor doesn't pay that much. Mzz.Hill trated her pets better than the help.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. HPNIII

    Okay, so a poor excuse is better than none.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nubes

    shes half nuts anyways and racist........

    July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stuart

    It's a shame that some artists who are blessed with great talents have those gifts reverse-compensated for via deficiencies in other areas (mental or physical). I'm a middle-aged white guy. Even though she may not write and perform music for my type, I like and appreciate her music. It's great art. But some of the decisions that she's made in life (like not paying taxes and the oddball reason given) seem a bit mentally off to me.

    As for all you racist haters posting on here, both black and white, y'all are very mentally deficient. Go read a book about evolution and get a damn clue that we're all one people – one human species – who all share the same ancestry.

    Lauryn Hill is human. She made a well-publicized mistake in not paying her taxes. It will be dealt with. Let's all move on.

    July 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Update

      She pled guilty. She's going to try to pay up before sentencing. If she does then it's highly probable that sentencing will be light.

      July 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lazyblack

    Why don't blacks pay taxes? Or tip?

    July 2, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |

      Blacks in this country should not have to pay taxes, our backs bulit this country and continue to give this country free labor . Put those taxes in the same file this country has placed , our forty acres and a mule that we are still waiting for. Go after the WALL STREET thieves who have stolen this country's future.

      July 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shootmyownfood

      I don't know. Why?

      July 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. whaaat

    Underground... Through the roof?

    July 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • HPNIII

      Funny how they left no reply for the above, they got a free ride over here and have be freeloading there way ever since.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alvord

    What a kook? She went "underground" with 6 kids and two baby-daddies. I guess "underground" means "normal life".

    July 1, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. deb

    That's all well and good, whatever it means. I was a bit confused with her explanation she gave. Either way it was her responsibility to pay her taxes just the rest of us. Because of the means she has she could have easily gotten a tax lawyer or CPA to check after her taxes and income and pay them for her out of her earnings. Just sounds to me she was very lazy and lacidasical about paying her taxes. Gees she is what 36 and has 6 children. Probably not all with the same father. There you go she can't keep track of her baby's daddies so ok she can't be expected to remember to file and pay her taxes.. I get it now.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ron

    Yes, the media and paparazzi have been in a frenzy over our lack of Lauren Hill of late. Talk about irellevant today.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Pete

    By "underground" she means, "too stoned". Pot will rot your brain.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • nate

      don't blame drugs... she's the idiot that decided not to pay taxes. pot doesn't put you into a state of complete incoherency, nor does it destroy your memory to the point you can't remember anything... what a lame excuse. sure, there are studies you can point to that 'prove' all sorts of negative effects from marijuana, but in the end YOU are still responsible for YOURSELF. if you're bringing in over a mil a year you can afford to hire someone to do your taxes... san dimas highschool football rules, peace, i'm outta here

      June 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bob

    This will be a great opportunity for the IRS to provide an object lesson in what happens to people who dare to put "safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family" over their taxes. I wish I could put "safety, health and freedom" over money, too - but then, I don't have millions of dollars.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor Richard

      OH,pleeeease. She could use her accountant's address or her attorney's. It sounds like the biggest problem is that she didn't feel like filing.

      June 30, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  20. mels

    You can't mail a check while "underground"? Give me a break....

    June 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jew zeus

    1%'es always have an excuse that they realy believe in as to not pay taxes and not liking people different from them selves, I guess it goes with the territory; If you believe this much in you're self you have to believe against something. Its beyond racism as a morality issue its unethical at that point.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      A good reminder that taxes are ultimately supported by the guns and muscle of the government. You can't "decide" not to pay, b/c men with guns eventually arrive.

      That is why it is so scary when Obama talks about raising taxes on 1% of the population – by definition unrepresented. It amounts to using the same guns and muscle to seize property from a group that has it and redistribute to a group that wants it.

      Same thing happened in Germany many, many years ago.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. jew zues

    another racist 1%'er...I'm noticing a trend.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sean

    If she had taxes taken out of every pay check like normal workers and simply didnt file returns at the end of the year, I could offer sympathy.. But not paying any taxes at all for 3 years is stretching it a bit too far..

    June 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian P

      Musicians and movie stars work for themselves, so they are their own company who get paid as 1099 corp to corp businesses. They have to pay all withholding taxes themselves. The smart ones have a manager do that for them. If you don't have any new gigs or money coming in, and all you have left in the bank is the $500k-$5M you are supposed to send to the IRS at the end of the quarter, what do you do? You can pay them or default on your mansion mortgage. Most rather keep a roof over their heads, so they spend the money, hoping they will get more work before the end of the year. That's how easy it is to owe big bucks to the IRS.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Guest

    B11tch you aint never heard of bodyguards?

    June 22, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  25. Fred

    She is a racist who just didn't want any of her money going to "the Man."

    June 22, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      I was turned off Lauren Hill years ago after she made that crack about hating the fact that "whities" listened to her music! Still showing the same BS that she showed years ago! Just shut her up & put her in jail like anyone else that doesn't pay their taxes.!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Milton

    Lauryn Hill has a mental illness and it's sad to watch. I was always puzzled by reviews and articles about her that suggested that she was "brainy". I think this is a case of "Chauncey Gardner" syndrome (Peter Seller's character from the movie "Being There") where the public misinterprets incoherent ramblings as deep thoughts. They aren't. Her comments here are just another example of rambling nonsensical babble. She isn't a Marx or Bakunin, she's just crazy.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Milton

    If she really valued her freedom, she'd pay her taxes since what she did is good for about 3 years in prison. She should go talk to Wesley Snipe and see what not paying your taxes will get you.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  28. mgm

    She's just down right PATHETIC and all the babble about going underground and being safe is a bunch of bullcrap.
    On another note, I've read a lot of racist remarks here and that's very disconcerting. Lots of people try to cheat the IRS and they come from all races. It doesn't matter what color you are Uncle Sam is coming to get you.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • afatalpapercut

      Lauryn Hill deserves it, I can vividly recall the interview she gave where she herself was completely prejudice and borderline racist. I believe her words were, "I'd rather have no white females buy my cds than any at all"

      June 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. AvgJoe123456

    It doesn't surprise me coming from a low life racists...or did we all for get that her music isn't for white people comment so long ago

    June 21, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mick

    What a surprise. Another african who expects whites to pay for everything while contributing NOTHING!

    June 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Grim Reaper

    A democrat that doesn't want to pay their 'fair share'.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      She's just not corporate or GE enough to avoid paying taxes altogether.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Kookie

    This is the result of " MISEDUCATION " of Lauryn Hill... no one taught her simple math???

    June 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Big_Lebowski

    She must get tax advice from Tim Geithner, obama's right hand man

    June 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  34. the_dude

    Only black people think like this.....

    June 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • brain_bug

      only time blacks worked is when they were being whipped we cant get them to do much of anything .

      May 7, 2013 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joe Plumber

    Love her – but her excuse is full of s++t. Even if she was living on the down low and avoiding publicity. She could certainly afford a lawyer and an accountant that could have filed the returns for her without being a "threat" to her family. Silliness

    June 19, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  36. Tbone

    Can you say Wesley Snipes.........:>)

    June 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. TO

    What a knee deep crock-o-crap that is. Just another dirt bag trying to beat the rest of us by not paying her fair share.
    She should go play in Traffic

    June 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. HeyZeus

    So tell us again, what BS excuse did she have for being "underground"? Was she tanking up on booze or Coke? Making personal porn movies? What was it exactly that she needed to do to make her family 'safe'?

    June 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  39. TP

    Another black criminal? That's not news!

    June 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • the pope

      Another christian criminal stealing from America.

      June 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • altpersectiv

      Whats her being black have to do with it TP? People of all colors don't pay their taxes and are criminals.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Plumber

      Wait – I thought white people weren't racist anymore? That's what I hear when I watch Fox News. And most black people don't have enough money to cheat on their taxes so there!

      June 19, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  40. Lil Reese

    Good! hope they lock her up! this is what she gets for abandoning her fans! God gave her a gift and she selfishly made money off of us went coo coo and turned her back on us. Now she wanna turn her back on Uncle Sam. sorry Lauryn, you can turn yo back on yo fans but not the IRS>>> dont drop the soap !!

    June 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  41. Whatever!

    Hey Lauren maybe when you get out you and Wesley can compare stories. I have such little respect for people that try to shirk their responsibilities.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  42. Grim

    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. 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. People need to rally behind and support her, lest they Michael Jackson Whitney her! Come on, these are devils in that music bizness! Stand up for her! She is standing up for positive music and they are threatening her LIFE for it!! She is a great lady! Her last tour was the Moving Target tour, for cryin out loud. She’s in a lot of danger!

    June 16, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • tadatadum

      I have to disagree. You can maintain your taxes electronically with no one the wiser except you and Uncle Sam. This is just another deadbeat attempting to keep all their money for themselves.

      The OWS crowd is all for wealth sharing as long as its other peoples wealth, the minute it's their own money they go underground.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • AC Foss

      I can't tell if this post is serious or sarcastic... I hope that it's sarcastic– serious would be very scary!

      June 25, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  43. Rae

    Hiding out?!? She lives in my town, has been for years, her house is on my exercise walk route. I'm one of the white people who used to like her and her music but now I think she's tired and apparently a little whacked.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. me

    Wow! One of the greatest singers and rappers of all time is now sounding like paranoid crackhead. No one is chasing you Lauryn! You lost all respect when you "performed" at Rock the Bells in Baltimore. "Sister Act" like you cae aout yourself.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Nathan Finn

    Although I can somewhat understand what she is trying to say, the sad truth is we all have to pay our taxes to live in America....sorry but she made a bad decision.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  46. purnellmeagrejr

    John – you are tyopical of a certain kind of racist who manages to find a few "factrs" to suppport their racism and yet somehow is unable to seee the underlying reality. It takes more than five minutes to learn and understnd History. You might want to start with trying to fathom suppply and demand.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. Lou Cypher

    You have to STAY underground for that tactic to work, honey.
    Now, bust open a checkbook, pay up, and get ready to do some jail time.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  48. chalemeza

    I'm Lauren hill I didn't pay taxes because I'm stupid.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  49. ba-low me hil

    We all feel oppressed sweetheart. join the club and pay up.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. RichardTerrapin

    Baby you promised a few things in life, death and TAXES are one of them. Use your mind baby, use your mind...You would be paying less overall by hiring an account and tax adviser to help with budgeting and taxes versus paying the government millions in fines, court costs, and attorney fees to your attorney. All of these actors and musicians who start making a little something need to realize this. The IRS will happily work their system to get more money out of you....if you let them.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. BD

    So she was worried about the IRS knowing her location? BS, this is blatant avoidance and whoever is advising her (if anyone) to say these things is an idiot. The IRS doesn't care, its their job to collect taxes not have sympathy. There are ways to defer payments if an individual's financial situation justifies it but there is never a reason not to file (other than debilitating illness).

    There is no such thing as living "underground" from the federal gov't of any country, if you don't like it; move to another country.

    June 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milton

      She can move to another country and pay FAR MORE taxes than here. This reminds me of Leona Helmsley's quote: "taxes are for the little people".....and then she went to prison.

      June 22, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  52. BigTony

    Wow... Rohan Marley must have some serious weed....

    June 13, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  53. Geoff

    Sounds kinda ...whacked.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. MikedUP

    That is funny, I recall that is the same thing Wesley Snipes said. And we all know where he is spending his nights.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  55. reallylaidback

    Yea Big Daddy Obama will pardon her

    June 13, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • purnellmeagrejr

      sdtuck, huh? No mattter what the story it alll comes back to your Obama hate – must be a miserable way to live. No mattter wehat happpens it's "WhhAAAAA ObaMAAAAAA!"

      June 13, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • cmunch2007

      Really? Is that all you"ve got? Does your life suck because of the president? Did your momma not hug you enough?

      June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  56. dmjasper

    "Girl you better...WATCH OUT"...Greatest line ever!! KMSL

    June 13, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  57. Funrun

    Pay the fricking taxes like everyone else and keep it moving. What a ridiculous excuse! Even for this nut.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  58. Sir WaffleBottom

    To put it simply, what a crock... She should just be executed for the BS "reason" she's giving. Fine isn't enough.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      remember when she came out and said " we don't want white people buying our records?" she is pretty talented but obviously pretty dumb.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Yes. Executed. A level-headed response.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  59. Alex

    Clearly she's gone off the deep end. What self pittying hypocrite.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Illuminati is Satan

    She was hiding and running away from the illuminati society in the music industry, she's not the first one to do it, many have tried to "dissapear" in order to avoid being targeted by them.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  61. LoveIt

    She wasn't too "underground" to cash her checks, was she?

    June 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  62. LoveIt

    I am going to join with Lauren HIl in protesting her "right to resist a system intentionally opposing her right to whole and integral survival." I too will not pay my taxes, in solidarity with her.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Readbee

    I think it is obvious that Lauryn Hill is suffering from some sort of paranoid delusion. She needs help instead of being called an idiot and she needs reporters to not swoop in like vultures trying to make a name for themselves and ratings for their networks. I hope Lauryn finds the assistance she needs and that tomorrow is a brighter day for her and her family.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Lisa

    I'm confused. What is the danger? It all sounds like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel to me. Look Lauryn, there are two things that are certain in life; death and taxes. Unless those two certainties occur precisely in that order, you've got to pay your taxes, just like the rest of us. Period. End of espionage-filled story.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. MaryAnn in VA

    This girl has a long history of mental illness. She needs someone to manage her affairs. Sad!

    June 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivyowl

      Maybe we all should go "underground" protect ourselves and our familiies! Waht a f*****g idiot!!!

      June 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  66. BigDuke6

    That is the most rediculous excuse I have ever heard for being a deadbeat...what an idiot to think ayone would buy into that crap. Pay your taxes then go disappear...please.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • cristo

      i dont think any black people should pay any taxes our taxes have been paid when u kill, rape and mentally destroyed our people God bless u lauryn

      June 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN

      YOUR OWN PEOPLE ROB, RAPE AND MURDER THEMSELVES. You were doing years before we b ought you from your masters in Africa. You were not snared in traps. You were slaves there too!!!! Sold by your fellow blacks for pennies. JUST LIKE TODAY!!!

      June 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBlaz

      Tell me about it! I was worried about my safety? I get that but that DOES NOT excuse you from paying taxes on 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS. What do celebs think? And the that hateful crap below doesn't help either. Shouldn't pay taxes due to what, slavery in the 1800's? Idiots.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Now Why

    Avoiding stress is no way to gaining inner peace.

    I am disappointed in her.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Snide

    Girl, you better.... WATCH OUT.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. MD

    Please call this number, Lauryn.....1-800-BOO-BOO-HOO.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mr. Gradenko

    Typical liberal. Expects everyone else to pay taxes.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Debbie

    Six children?!!!!!!! When did that happened. She wasn't underground, she was busy having babies.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  72. mike

    What a load of crap....Just pay your debt and move on you has been

    June 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Hasher Iva

    What an idiot. If you make that kind of money that's why you hire an accountant and tax attorney. The IRS surely won't accept, "I was in hiding to protect my family" as an excuse for not paying.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      exactly. If you made that much, the cost of a good tax attorney is less than the money you save, and certainly much less than the fines, penalties, and bail money you'd pay when caught.

      June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  74. midnight rambler

    whatever – enough with the 5-cent words. pay your taxes. just like everyone else.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  75. IRS

    YUP, Sounds like Evasion to me....

    June 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Elmer

    Pay your taxes beoch ! You are NOT above us !!

    June 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmer

      ps..... and Roberta Flack wants her song back !! (Killing me softly)

      June 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  77. markus

    1998 just called- they want their Hip Hop superstar back.

    Really, I'm tired of performers attaining wealth and fame and then acting like they're so horribly tortured by it all.
    Lauryn, get off your pretentious tortured-artist butt, get back to work and pay your taxes.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  78. Chloe

    She's burned out.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  79. Nighthhaaawk

    Sounds like she has come up with yet another strange defense to avoid paying taxes on a few mil. Just show you, that these people, however creative they are, just have no business sense!

    June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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  81. jt

    she thinks she is in fantasy land...irs will give her a reality check.......We may be on to something...the next reality show called the underground railroad........

    June 12, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  82. Mfr

    Sounds like she needs to get off the drugs or get a psychiatrist. She is not making sense. But really, this is not news. She is a washes up has been.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  83. dd

    If she is really trying they will accept pennies on the dollar now . Get an attorney quick and make a settlement .

    June 12, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  84. No Taxes For Me

    I don't want to pay taxes too. Can I go underground??

    June 12, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  85. Daddy2010

    "I conveyed all of this when questioned...". But wth did she say? She threw many words together, but there was no actual explanation.

    June 12, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  86. N8ball

    Who cares about lauryn hill anyway? she's a p.o.s. black freeloader, just like the rest of em. all hail zimmerman!

    June 12, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mfr

      Yikes. Get some help. Or at least stay in your trailer and don't come out.

      June 12, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • b

      Dumb c racker

      June 12, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • T-Money

      Umm...who let this P.O.S. racist join in the conversation? I suppose it Lauryn Hill was white you would not have a problem with her failure to pay taxes? I suspect you don't know much about taxes since you are most definitly below the poverty line and are not required to pay any on the money you do earn selling your blood and semen.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • don

      you can't be serious...

      June 13, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  87. percysmama

    Shouldn't all of her fans just chip in and pay her taxes?. The poor woman went underground fearing for her life. She could not handle fame it was getting to her so she could not pay her taxes on the buckets of money she made as a famous person. I have never had any respect for her and this is not helping. Hey what would I know I am just an evil white girl according to her.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  88. Hay

    lauren, I love you but none of what you said makes any sense.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Can't stand her and she still makes no sense

      June 12, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Bernie Madoff

      I like her music and she is so tiny and cute, im a sistha too, but is she on drugs? depression? kids cracking u up g/f. I got one and im bought to jump out the window, only thing is, i live on the first floor.....calm down sugar, it will be alright, didnt u learn anything, from that crazy azz Wesley snipes and his antics,. He could use some vistors right about now; seems like everybody in the industry is cracking up and losing , blacks as well as the whites, demi moore for many to name.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. u.s. slave

    Banks and those we chose to work for keep our privacy,usualy. Government intentionaly maker our information public. Even our home addresses. I believe she did try to work it out w/big brother but oppressors usualy don't have mercy for those they oppress

    June 12, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • percysmama

      Oh Please she needs to pay her taxes, I did. She owes a lot of money and it sounds like she is already getting a break on what she owes.

      June 12, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      On what do you base your belief of her story?

      June 12, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  90. Paul

    I think ms hill means well and hopefully shell come out on top. and to everyone reading this were all human and so should wish others well because we all diserve it. im sure lh is
    a beautiful person so lets be positive.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  91. jane

    I'm still searching my soul for the best comments to post surrounding this.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  92. Tupac Shakur

    Oh, big mistake coming out of hiding, Lauren. Now me and Elvis gonna git ya. Take you up on our spaceship.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  93. Hauren Lill

    Good, she is a stupid racist.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  94. GovBlago

    Just do what I do: use a bottle of White-Out to lower your income on the W-2. Or do as Romney does-move all your money offshore. But you have to file. -RB

    June 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Taxey Lady

    I'm sure Wesley Snipes will lend her a sympathetic ear...

    June 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Central Scrutinizer

    Azhane: you misspelled your name. It's Azzhole, first name Stoopid.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Daniel

    'Cause if she had filed taxes, then the Boogeyman would have gotten ahold of her address and known where she lived. This lady sounds delusional.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie McDuh

      I agree. I wonder if people realize the IRS doesn't really want you to file a return? As long as you pay the taxes you're good by them. You can pay taxes using any address or mediary service you choose. Lauren Hill is either seriously ignorant or thinks her fans are seriously stupid. I wonder which?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  98. Ya right

    She is full of it! It isn't like she was asked to file her taxes in stage.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Grim LeRogue

    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

    June 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Conspiracy much?

      June 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dev

      You sound just about as loopy as Hill does........I wonder if Hill will play the race card also....wahhhhh......

      June 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Governor Rod Blagojevich ?

      now Blago adds a lot of credibility to your theory

      He is a first class dirt bag

      I really don't know about her, but comparing her situation to hers certainly drags her down

      June 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      You need medication.

      June 12, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • cornholio

      i want some of your dope, mine just ain't that good i guess

      June 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babee64

      Grim LeRogue.......I...Love...You. Out of all the comments I’ve read...yours was the most sincere, the most heartfelt, the most investigated rather than pointlessly typing, and the truest. I could not help but comment after seeing your lengthy comment, and afterwards reading it. I was floored, by your words...and I know, if/when Ms. Hill read these words she would be/was really...moved. I was.

      I was disgusted while reading the lot of these comments. The lack of human kindness, the fusillade of women’s inhumanity to women, apathetic rants about not wanting to pay her taxes while pile-driving scrupulously calculated poison dipped wooden stakes through her heat, not excluding that every faithful childish club of racist broo-ha-ha commenting clowns who must perform at every media circus.

      I was taken aback by the focal point veering off course so quickly from her thinking of her family first and foremost, to her being a liar, to her being a crazy woman, or a scam artist trying to beat the IRS out of money that she obviously has, to a hated singer primarily because she’s black, and chooses to sing for her own people and to her own people, all the way down to her not even considered worthy of any sort of compassion from even the simplest of commenters.

      I applaud you for enlightening the few who could spell words over three syllables, and the ones who were strong enough to take off their blinders and see past what the media mob masters have been force feed them all these many years. This is a strong black woman trying to do nothing but fight for her people first, and for her herself and family now.

      What is saddest in my heart...this probably will go unsung, her fight to remain safe, and to keep her family free from harm…this will probably remain misunderstood, mistreated, defiled, and violated, raped, and tarnished…as her career obviously has for these many years. Her magnanimous voice, her inspirational lyrics, and her obvious message to her people...go without saying...and for the most part, has gone without ever being understood.

      That is not due to lack of clarification on her part, but the consistent shuffling of tiles in this media scrabble by the media mob masters. What might sound like a simple case of conspiracy theory is in all actuality a truism, only discernible to the open-minded and purest of hearts.

      We do not expect every race to understand her lyrics, or her for that matter. Not every singer sings to/for everyone. Some sing for/to their own kind...i.e., country music, does not SING to sings to a people who have endured due to their surroundings in the country, closely knitted relationships, and hardships of which only they can identify...Latin music sings to those who have grown up in the rich aromatic flavor of that culture, and so on. So what is the harm in someone not wanting others to buy their music, if it is not speaking directly to them? If anything applaud her for not letting you waste your money, since you won’t get the point of her lyrics.

      How many cultures can go to Africa and are able to succinctly identify with the rhythms, palpitations, spirits, and gyrations of the Congo? Not many. But then, I guess you can isn't for everyone. That's why the music store owner separates the music according to genre...with the understanding that everyone has their own tastes and not all genres are for every culture.

      But like so many commenters on this site…I must apologize…for a moment there I too digressed. I again want to thank you Grim LeRogue for not allowing this ugliness to cloud your strokes. For not allowing the ignorance festering within this comment train to sweep you up, and carry you along for the ride. I thank you for loving Lauren Hill, just as much as so many of her adoring, loyal fans. I love you hun...I truly do.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  100. shinytoys

    well, I think you're back above ground...try that excuse in court, the judge will love it...time to pay up laurie poo...or are you gonna file for bankrupcy..

    June 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  101. ceeenen

    A year in jail would help her stay "underground."

    June 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  102. skip

    If she would ask me, I'd gladly eat her pooh.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Ed

    Another greedy 1%'er stealing from the middle class.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      You're absolutely right. She didn't give up 35% of her hard-earned income to a government that represents military, political, and corporate elites so they could squander that tax revenue just to pay for the interest incurred from their fiat-driven wars around the world.

      Thief indeed.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Our middle class thinks they can live like the upper most upper class because the goods are available. Take some responsibility. How many flat screens do you have? More than 2? 3 cars?? Live within your means and stop blaming the 1% for messing with your life.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  104. sean

    Liberal by any chance ? 500k a year makes her a one percent-er

    June 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishflakes

      Yeah. No conservative has ever, ever, ever, evaded their taxes. Oops, sorry, it appears I was laughing so hard I peed my pants.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      fishflakes, that's completely erroneous of you. This has nothing to do with conservatives, because they're not the ones complaining about the "1%". And these guys here never said that conservatives (whatever the hell that really means) have never had anyone cheat on taxes. They're saying how those who are doing the complaining and whining (definitely liberal in most sense of the word) are two-faced. Uh, you'll have to look up "two-faced" pal, I don't have time to explain it to you. And change your pants...that stinks, man!

      June 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  105. ffacts

    filthy black thief!

    June 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Trip

    I think I'll gather a group of white people to go buy her albums (w)

    June 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  107. John Land

    While they throw the book at her, they ignore these folks:

    June 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Central Scrutinizer

    Hoping For A Change: vote against Obama. He's already made things bad enough. His"transparent government" is full of tax cheats & liars. We really had it good with Reagan. we need to rid ourselves of Socialists who claim to be Democrats.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  109. taxman

    That's ok, so long as she pays her back taxes, penalties, and interest – which should total $1M+.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  110. ND

    Liberals think everyone should pay higher taxes except for them.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishflakes

      At least liberals recognize that running a country re

      June 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishflakes

      Meant to say, at least liberals understand that running the country takes money. Conservatives think they should get it all for nothing.

      June 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Reister

    What a total bunch of BS. Nobody can believe that story with a straight face

    June 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  112. tboz

    Lauryn baby, use your head.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Bmike

    It's sad people just can't stay on many people don't owe the one way or the other you gonna pay...throwing race in it is stupid white and black owe what..too many stupid racist in this country...divided this country will not stand..ya better worry about those terrorist...out side the...Obama moving forward....2012

    June 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Liza

    Sorry Lauryn, underground or not, two things in life are certain: death and taxes.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Count Boogie

    But, somehow the 1.3 or 6 million you made, soaked into the ground you were under, so you got to have it right?
    I love this woman's voice and her songwriting, probably my top 5 all time...but you can't have it both ways.
    IRS doesn't understand a poetic stance on make make money in the U.S, you live in the pay taxes to the U.S...period. Our roads and bridges, emergancy systems and education (bad as they seem at times) did not go underground with you. So this is your responsibility. I wish you luck, but I'm callin' shenanagans on that excuse.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Even worse, you make money *outside* the US and live *outside* the US and you STILL pay taxes to the US. The US is the only country that does this.

      June 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • percysmama

      Not true Johnny other countries do as well. You only pay taxes to the US if you make over a certain amount. It use to be 67K.

      June 12, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  116. Obamanation1

    I thought the sky was going to fall so I never went outside to mail my tax return

    June 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jim


    Guess she forgot that if you go "underground" – yeah, I'd like to see the bunker she's living in – you still have to pay your bills, including tax bills.

    I wish I could have seen the look on the IRS agent's face when she suggested an "alternate solution"!

    June 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  118. gahh

    Her and Wesley Snipes, must have shared the same hole. Taxes are for the little people. Famous last words of Leona Hemsley as they hauled her rear off to prison.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  119. erich2112x

    And don't ever butcher a Roberta Flack song again.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Barstownian

    Girls you know you better watch out! Some guys, some guys are only about!
    That thing, that thing, that thiiiiiiiing!
    Pay your taxes girl!

    June 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Cuckoo's nest

    You only pay tax when you live above the ground. Since she was "underground" and spent time with the gophers; she is exempt from paying her dues.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigcats

      LOL the amount goes up by the hours and the interest rate is rather high....great excuse for maybe your kids or pet dog. One this in this country we all know to well. DEATH and TAXES are a certain. She will figure that out eventually

      June 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  122. racist bee otch

    This racist bee otch needs to be put down just like Trayvon.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  123. youtubeconspiracy

    First off, you stupid pathetic poor white racist on here who keep talking about black this, black that need to do a reality check and see that their are very smart and wealthy billionaires who happen to be CHOCOLATE. You may hate blacks, but your little white daughters sure love them some tasty CHOCOLATE=p So remember that before your next stupid pathetic comment you make. You're just a walking billiard of stupidity. You advertise your ignorance by the comments you leave. Also screw taxes. She should just fake her death like Michael Jackson did and never have to pay that stupid crap ever again=)

    June 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You, on the other hand, are a paragon of of both intelligence and racial tolerance.

      BTW, help me out, here: how can you tell the color of a person's skin from the content of their post? I sure can't!

      June 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb2817

      "A walking billiard of stupidity"??
      I've never heard of someone stupid being referenced to a pool ball?
      Oh well must be a black thing I guess or is it chocolate

      June 12, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  124. Twinnie

    Blah blah blah. Just pay your d*&! taxes!!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Yakobi

    What a load of B.S. She said she didn't want to pay her taxes because they support the "military industrial complex". Yeah, she sounds real sane. I bet she got caught up in that same anti-tax group Wesley Snipes did. Now we get to suffer through a few years of her resisting the jail time she's due before they actually lock her up. I hope they tack on a hefty fine!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  126. angelad

    I did respect Wesley Snipes for categorically refusing to pay taxes. He is one of these people who refuse out of principle. He also took the punishment that came with that. Now what Mrs. Hill did is just plain stupid.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  127. VanillaIceFan41

    I don't understand her problem. Tupac still pays his taxes, and he's been "underground" for 16 years!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  128. BeadlesAz

    She wasn't so far *underground* that she couldn't collect her earnings. She is either incredibly stupid – or so arrogant that she thinks everyone else is stupid enough to buy this line of crappola. Who is she btw? Meanwhile, please let's throw her in jail with minimal fuss.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Repridts

    She made all that money and tried to avoid paying taxes. She's a republican for sure.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Tim Geithner. Ring a bell? He's the treasury guy appointed by Obama. He's not a republican. He also "forgot" to pay his taxes for a period of time. But he get's a free pass, right?

      June 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  130. idiot going to jail!

    next time the fool wants to be under ground kill herself first...

    June 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Bob H

    This is a bit more elaborate, but no more convincing, than "the dog ate my homework". Pay up, stupid!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  132. the_dude

    Never heard of this person but she is black though so she can't be very smart. "Going underground" has got to be the stupidest reason I have ever heard for someone not paying their taxes. She sould have sought advice from Obama's cabinet on how to skip out on paying taxes.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkf78

      See The Fugees and Wyclef Jean and Sister Act.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • YourCommentIsAsStupidAsSheIs

      Really? Because she is black she is stupid? You sound just as dumb as her excuse....

      June 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repridits

      I know!! She's like those republicans who claim they use their personal money to create jobs so they don't have to pay more taxes. Losers, all of them and those who think like them. SMH.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • youtubeconspiracy

      Well by you not knowing who she is just shows how stupid and pathetic you are. What a stupid white racist walefare trailer trash punk. Just remember when you go to kiss your little white daughter on the lips, that she probably just got done sucking a beautiful black coco stick. They love black men and your children will be half black. Never forget that LOSER=)

      June 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milwaukee Brewtowner

      She is black as much as you're another white conservative republican racist who will be extinct pretty soon because blacks, Latinos, & Asians no longer pay attention to you guys

      June 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azhane

      The_Dude!!!! Listen up!!!!!!! Your comments only shows how un-educated YOU are! You were probably home school and wasn't taught JACK! You are JEALOUS of stop hiding behind your computer and learn to READ. Reading does the MIND good! With your racist comments. Your Momma sure LOVED the black ding dong when my daddy put it to her. Madecung!

      June 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • KAYDEE

      This is not a Black or White issue. This something we all have to pay, Black or White. Stop making stupid racist remarks, it is not necessary. Just because someone is black does not mean they are not smart. WE MUST ALL TAKE
      A LOOK AT OURSELVES. Some of the remarks that are being made are not very smart, think first. With that being said Lauren Hill still need to pay her damn taxes.

      June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Mari H

    I am happy to hear that Ms. Hill and her children are safe. Now comes the reality check. Even though your fans forgot about you while you were "underground", the IRS did not. The good news is, hopefully you still have your talents, and with some hard work, and careful financial planning you can dig yourself out of this mess.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Olderbutwiser

    She pops up above ground often enough to get her money but not often enough to fill out a return. Or to at least have her accountant/payors withhold her taxes before they hide the cash behind the park bench. Gone underground.....yeah, right.....

    June 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  135. ffacts

    tax dodging black thief!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azhane

      FFACTS-–> And your daddy would've done the same thing too!!! It's okay for YOU Funky whities to do what the phuc you want but, as soon as a strong African American individual do what they have to do, they world of whities have SO MUCH TO SAY! Go sit your Assets down somewhere!!!!!

      June 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Dave Wilson

    Just pay your taxes like everyone else you free loader!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zooni

      So is GE one of the wealthiest companies on the planet a free loader.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Dude

    Lauren Hill once said, "I'd rather have my kids starve than have a white person buy my album." Don't feel sorry for her. She just didn't want to pay "The Man." Eminem said it best, "...bought Lauren Hill's tape so her kids could starve..." LOL

    June 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Wow really:? she said that ? and to think I liked her music....if i woulda known that I wouldn't have bothered. Amazes me the lies people will come up with to not pay taxes... idiots ! Funny she has a gold mickey mouse ring on her damn finger, put that towards your IRS payments, free loader.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoYou

      Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong so all the racial slurs are irrelevant!! Its 2012 and it's sad that racism still exists so heavily! O yea check your FACTS before making that ridiculous statement! She never said that, it was a false rumor that she did address in an interview!

      June 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liza

      Underground? I'm sure the judge will take heart in her situation. Not.

      June 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azhane

      DUDE--> YOU know in your heart that Lauren Hill DID NOT say such a thing like that!! So for you to sit your FUNKY assets behind your computer like a little bee otch and LIE it's very sad. Do't believe everything you hear and read! Wow...really? Funky YOU Dude!

      June 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Andrea

    Underground... as in Digital Underground. Now thats a group I miss!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Sam Adams

    That double-taxation argument is a crock. We pay Sales tax when spending money we've already paid income tax on. Also on savings and investments made from that income.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Name*

    Mr. Chriss scwartz. The best of wayne..

    June 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Joel

    >> "I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival."

    What kind of nonsensical new age tax dodging doublespeak is that? So should all of us have a right to not pay taxes, as long as we can drool out some blithering nonsense about the system "opposing our rights to whole and integral survival?"

    June 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Central Scrutinizer

    she knew she wasn't filing, therefore she broke the law and must pay. EVERYONE should have to pay something, then they would care more about who they vote for and where the money goes.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Disbelief

    So she decided to go "underground" by having a public high profile career? Suuuure.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Joel

    Well, we certainly know one millionaire who didn't pay her fair share.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Hotrod1984

    Wow! Really! so that's all I have to do is say "I'm not paying my taxes because society is unfair" Once again Really! Ms. HIll.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  146. John

    She knows she's lying to us, but does she know she's lying to herself as well? Completely delusional. And such a sense of inflated self-importance. These celebrities certainly live in a whole other universe of reality, don't they? The tragic thing is; if we didn't feed their egos (we're here after all), they wouldn't live in this fantasy world they've created.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  147. sharky

    Funny, she actually did NOT pay her taxes, where Romney and Bush Sr. did. Oh funny it was Tim Geithner, ya know Obama's secretary of the treasury that did NOT pay his taxes.

    Clearly you don't know anything, aside a pathetic, biased, look on life without any facts to back anything up. Mo-ron

    June 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Po Boy

    OK, enough with the speculation. She has just confirmed that she is certifiably crazy. Get this woman a straight jacket now please, before she hurts herself or someone else!

    June 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  149. joe

    I could see if "underground" meant no income, so no taxes due, but if you have income, you have to file.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  150. m&m

    What a load of b.s.! She sounds like a looney tune conspiracy theorist!

    June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  151. dbright

    And I liked Lauryn Hill. Can I stop paying taxes because I don't like who is in the White House? Seems to me that hiding from the IRS puts your family at greater risk than paying your taxes. Don't forget, Ms. Hill, that President Obama is after you, because you are "The Rich", and as far as he's concerned, you need to pay your fair share.

    Such a talent, but then what?

    June 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Areacode612

    lol..... couldn't have happened to a nicer person. I used to like Lauren Hill until she was mad that 'non-black' people were buying her music.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  153. MDESAN

    B.S. Plain & simple. Just like most of the far Right & Left loonies on here. Has nothing to do with the story folks. I know it's hard, but try to focus...

    June 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  154. XxMacleodxX

    B.S. You collected the money, you spent the money. If you were available (on the grid) for that then you could have easily paid your taxes......liar like her former band mate Wyclef

    June 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  155. qanerd

    More Kool-ade for this fella

    June 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Sharon

    Oh what a crock! She needs to pay her taxes just like the rest of us or go to prison like the other criminals.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Vericose

    Translation: "I was holed up in basement smoking crack".

    June 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  158. john

    Completely incorrect. Romney pays his % because he invested money in businesses where he could lose or gain. That money is at risk and we need capital to fund businesses so it is taxed at a lower rate. Additionally, that money was already taxed previously as income at a higher rate. You can disagree with the system but Romney played by the rules. Hill's actions are completely illegal and deceptive.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Tj

    Maybe she can get a cell next to Wesley Snipes!

    June 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      If the information reported here is accurate, then it is very different from Wesley Snipes. Again, if the article is correct, she is not maintaining that she does not have any outstanding tax liability for the years in question and will probably pay up what she owes (if anything) plus interest and penalties rather than going to jail. I won't be surprised if she gets hit heavily with the financial penalties regardless of whether she actually owes any back taxes (no idea if anything was withheld from her royalty payments or not which appears to have been the bulk of her earnings for those years according to earlier reports).. I will be surprised if she goes to jail assuming the article is correct is stating she is willing and able to pay what she owes.

      As far as her rational though... it just doesn't make any sense at all. Tax filings are not public information (unless one holds or runs for certain political positions) and simply filing her tax returns in a timely manner would not have endangered her in any way or been an invasion of her or her family's privacy. She was accessing the income during that time which honestly would seem like a bigger link to the industry she was trying to distance herself from as well as a much more significant danger to her privacy. Also, she owns and operates four companies which are still in operation... which means she WAS engaging in business with the government at least in as far as filing the necessary corporate reports to keep the companies from being administratively dissolved. Her entire reasoning makes absolutely no sense at all.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • love her

      She is fantasic. I believe she will fix this because she is better now and ready to deal with "society". It's a shame that people can't understand how confusing this system is for groups of people who are decendents of people who were abducted into it. Trail and error is the only way to go because there is no heritage. Anglo, African...still makes a difference today but we are all human and should respect each other for our own sake. I can tell she learned a lot and has a lot to offer the world, I just hope that the haters won't make her want to go away again.

      June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  160. john

    That excuse is completely useless. Now she'll realize how much taxes people really owe when they make that much (unless they hide it illegally or use loopholes which we should be reducing). Even more hypocritical if she is votes liberal democrat. She should owe back taxes and penalties.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      Completely agree. You don't go "underground", completely off the grid and still make 1.6 million. Her excuse, is, at best, lame.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Lana

    JT and robcM, I highly doubt you even know who Lauryn Hill is. Lol retarded clowns...

    June 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Long

      Are clowns retarded? Shouldn't that be the "R" word? I thought that word was strickened from the diverse vocabulary of the planet Earth.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Nilkinggary

    The IRS plays games, but as all the rationalizing above shows, so does she. Best to retain a good tax attorney and start negotiating.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  164. totallyT

    What a bunch of crap...

    June 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  165. John Ross

    another proud democrat

    June 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abbeystone

      You must be right. The Republicans get Congress to give them more tax breaks. Democrats don't have enough for those kinds of payoffs..

      June 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Democrats are plenty rich too, and benefiting quite well from those breaks. Nitwit.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  166. JT

    The day she is underground would be a good day.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  167. robcM

    Keep her underground in JAIL!

    June 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |

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