Lauryn Hill – Again, tax woes land a star behind bars. According to the Department of Justice, the eight-time Grammy-winning artist and former member of the Fugees failed to file her tax returns from 2005 to 2007. Hill pled guilty to tax evasion charges for $1.8 million in earnings. But wait, there’s more: "Although Hill pleaded guilty to charges specifically related to those tax years, her sentence also takes into account additional income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009 — when she also failed to file federal returns — along with her outstanding tax liability to the state of New Jersey, for a total income of approximately $2.3 million and total tax loss of approximately $1,006,517," the prosecutor said.
As she explained, “When I was working consistently…, 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.” She had to withdraw from society a little further when she spent three months in a federal prison.
So if you act like a movie star, hit like an all-star, or sing like a rock star, the IRS still wants their share.