Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion.
Lauryn Hill, 37, also faces three months of home confinement, after pleading guilty last year.
The Grammy-winning singer failed to pay taxes on about $1.8 million of earnings between 2005 and 2007.
In a statement to the judge, Lauryn Hill said she intended to pay the taxes but could not after ending her music career. It is not clear when Lauryn Hill will report to prison.
“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,” she told the judge in court on Monday.
Lauryn Hill has six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley.
She has largely withdrawn from public life while raising her children.
She started her career with Grammy-award winning hip-hop group Fugees alongside Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.
Lauryn Hill released her acclaimed solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998, which won five Grammy awards and sold more than 19 million copies worldwide.