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Lauryn Hill faces federal charges for not filing tax returns

Lauryn Hill performs at L.A. Rising at the

Lauryn Hill performs at L.A. Rising at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on July 30, 2011. (Getty) Credit: Lauryn Hill performs at L.A. Rising at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on July 30, 2011. (Getty)

Singer Lauryn Hill on Thursday was charged with failing to file federal income tax returns for three years during which she earned more than $1.8 million, officials said.

Hill did not file an income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service from 2005 to 2007, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

During this time her income, which primarily comes from recording and royalties, totaled more than $1.8 million dollars.

The three counts against Hill each carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, the department said.

The William Morris Agency, which represents Hill, declined to comment. Hill's lawyer, Nathan J. Hochman, could not be reached for comment.

Hill, once a member of the Fugees, is best known for "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," the 1998 album that won five Grammys, including Album of the Year.

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