Taking a break from my continuing adventures in Diablo to mention a news story from late this week that has me literally laughing out loud.
It involves singer Lauryn Hill, who the US Attorney’s office claims failed to pay taxes for three years on $1.6 million of income, and charged her with tax evasion. Now, that in itself isn’t really funny, multiple celebrities have been charged with tax evasion over the years. The usual excuse is some accountant failed to do file them and they were unaware of any issue. They then generally get a slap on the wrist, pay their back taxes and fines, and move on with their lives.
There have been exceptions of course, most notably is Wesley Snipes, who despite being a US born citizen claimed he was “a non-resident alien” and was not subject to paying income taxes. When that didn’t fly he tried the “861 argument”, which is the belief that domestic income of U.S. citizens and residents is not taxable under IRS code section 861. As that has never worked in any court in the US it’s not shocking that Snipes lost and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Like Snipes, Hill admits to not paying taxes. What’s funny about this is the reason why; she had to go underground to protect her family from being “…manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda” and couldn’t pay her taxes. If you need a good laugh you can check out her entire statement right here. Don’t drink while you’re reading it or you might do a spit-take. By the way, going underground certainly didn’t sop Hill from performing during the last few years nor stop her from working on a new CD.
She should get three years in jail just for thinking that excuse makes any sense.