Singer Lauryn Hill jailed for failing to pay $1m taxes

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison after failing to pay taxes on around $1m in earnings, the Associated Press reports.

She will also have to spent an additional three months in home confinement after pleading guilty last year in the case.

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill Credit: Press Association

During a statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that", Hill said.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.