Lauryn Hill won't go to jail over taxes

FILE - This April 15, 2011 file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the 12th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Photo by Spencer Weiner, Associated Press

FILE - This April 15, 2011 file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the 12th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

— Lauryn Hill’s attorney says the Grammy-winning singer has paid her overdue taxes ahead of her scheduled sentencing for tax evasion.

Hill is due in federal court in Newark on Monday afternoon. She pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Two weeks ago, a judge said Hill had paid only $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owed in federal taxes.

Attorney Nathan Hochman said in an email Monday that Hill recently paid more than $970,000 to satisfy state and federal tax liabilities.

She faces up to a year in prison on each of three counts.

Hill says she recently signed a recording contract with Sony. Citing her legal deadline, she made a song available on iTunes over the weekend.

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