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Lauryn Hill pays off tax debt

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May 05, 2013 | 9:24pm EDT

R&B star Lauryn Hill is taking steps to rectify her financial problems after paying off more than $900,000 (£562,000) in back taxes. The former Fugees frontwoman was given until Monday (06May13) to come up with the $504,000 (£315,000) she owed in federal back taxes, as well as state taxes and penalties. And on Sunday (05May13) - the eve of her scheduled sentencing - her lawyer confirmed to news agency Reuters that the Grammy-winner has settled her debts. In an email, attorney Nathan Hochman explains, "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." Hill is due in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 2007. Hill faces up to one year behind bars for each charge, but her sentence is expected to be lessened now that she has repaid the money.

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