Lauryn Hill and 10 Other Celebrities Hit by Taxman

Celebrity Tax Woes

Lauryn Hill leaves court in Newark, N.J. Hill pleaded guilty in June 2012 for failing to pay federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007.
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The conscientious among us file their forms by Tax Day. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.

Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it's the accountant's fault. Sometimes it's a deliberate, bald-faced attempt to avoid paying anything.

Conventional wisdom would hold that celebrities should fall into none of those categories. After all, don't they have enough money to keep a reputable accountant on retainer, to ensure that all their I's are dotted and all their T's are crossed with the taxman?

As it turns out, not always. Some celebrities have not only fallen out of good standing with the Internal Revenue Service but have served jail time and paid massive fines for their transgressions against the state and the federal government.

The latest example is singer Lauryn Hill. The eight-time Grammy winner was recently sentenced to three months in prison, three months in home confinement, and a $60,000 fine for federal tax evasion.

Read ahead to see some of the other celebrities who just couldn't get that return finished in time.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Updated 07 May 2013

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