The Continuing Tax Mis-Adventures of Ms Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill is out of Jail, but the IRS keeps Hounding
Singer songwriter Lauryn Hill was thrown into jail for 3 months for tax evasion, with another 3 months of home confinement. This is all based upon her following some scheme by phony tax advisors claiming that she did not need to file and pay income taxes. Like many people, from physicians to celebrities, she fell prey to the tax protesters coaxes.
The IRS had a great time spending tens of millions of dollars prosecuting her but got incredible amounts of publicity to scare other people into filing their tax returns. That is the basis of our "voluntary" tax system. Without people being scared of being thrown in jail, the system would collapse.
Now, just before the tax filing deadline, the IRS is using Lauryn Hill's name to keep scaring taxpayers. This time they are announcing the filing of federal tax liens. Even though she already had tax liens and obligations, the refiling of these to include additional periods and amounts is enough to get the IRS the publicity it seeks.
If anyone says you do not need to file tax returns or the income tax is unconstitutional, please tell him to "go away". Every adult should file tax returns every year to start the statute of limitations running. Even if your income is technically too low to file you should file anyway.
Lauryn Hill tax lien filing