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Lauryn Hill Ordered To Pay $504,000 In Back Taxes In Two Weeks

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Lauryn Hill was scheduled to appear in court today (April 22) for failing to file taxes on $1.8 million in past income. According to the  New Jersey Star-Ledger, her sentencing was postponed to May 6.

This doesn’t mean Hill is off the hook just yet, though.

While U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo postponed the hearing, she gave Hill two weeks to pay $504,000 in back taxes. If Hill doesn’t pay the back taxes before her next court hearing, she could face between 24-30 months in jail.

“At sentencing, we will be seeking lenience from the judge based on who Ms. Hill is, what she has done positively in the past, what she does in the present, and what we hope she will be doing in the future,” Hill’s attorney Nathan J. Hochman previously told Radio.com. “She is fully committed to paying back all her tax obligations going forward.”

Last June, Hill was charged with failing to report about $818,000 she earned in 2005; $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007, the Star-Ledger reports.

She pleaded guilty and later released a statement that addressed her failure to pay her taxes, which involved the “military industrial complex” and the need for her and her family to retreat from a “climate of hostility.”

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground,” she wrote back in June. “…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. I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!”

(Additional reporting by Erik Parker, Radio.com)

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