Legendary singer/rapper Lauryn Hill was set to be starting a prison sentence this week on tax evasion charges as she pleaded guilty for failing to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, but a new recording contract has saved her from incarceration for the time being.
As reported by Yahoo, sentencing has been postponed for two weeks in order for Lauryn Hill to repay the tax dept owed now that she’s signed a $1 million contract with Sony to record a new 5-track album.
Hill reportedly earned $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007, and only paid about $50,000 in taxes that led to her guilty plea last year on the tax evasion charges as she owed $504,000 in taxes after not paying the bulk of the money owed for three years.
Lauryn Hill’s solo career kicked off is 1998 with the critically acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which earned her five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Hill followed The Miseducation up with 2002’s MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. that received mixed reviews and she hasn’t released a solo album since.
The new 5-track album will be Hill’s first project since the previously noted 2002 release MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, but she has yet to finish writing and recording the new songs as part of her deal with Sony.
Hill’s new sentencing date is May 3rd, and she is facing a sentence of 24 to 30 months or between 30 to 36 months if she cannot make restitution by May 6th.