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BIR filed today tax evasion charges against Brazilian Television personality DAIANA A. MENEZES at the Department of Justice for attempt to evade or defeat tax, and willful failure to file returns and to pay taxes.
Ms. MENEZES is a Brazilian actress, model and television host. She has been residing in the Philippines since 2007 with current address at Unit 4C Bright Place Condominium, Scout Bayoran St., Quezon City. She is a regular host of the noontime television variety show “Eat Bulaga!” at GMA-7 since 2007.
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Her tax records showed that she did not file any return for taxable years 2007 to 2009 despite being required under the law as a resident alien deriving income from within the Philippines.
Ms. MENEZES received a total taxable income of P2,659,668.10 in 2007 to 2009 from various sources including Baliwag Lechon Manok, Inc., TAPE, Inc. and GMA Network but failed to pay any tax.
Ms. MENEZES registered with the BIR under Executive Order No. 98 for the purpose of merely securing a Taxpayer Identification Number as part of the essential requirements in all applications for a government permit, license, clearance, official paper or document.
Under such registration, her tax type is "not taxable", which will show the willfulness of her act of evading payment of taxes.
This deliberate and repeated non-declaration of revenues or income for taxable years 2007 to 2009 and for failure to pay the income taxes and percentage taxes due to our government. The BIR had no other recourse but to pursue and file this case against her.
The tax liabilities of Ms. MENEZES amounted to P983,658.07 for deficiency income and percentage taxes covering taxable years 2007 to 2009.
Foreigners earning income within the Philippines should be well advise to know the taxes that they are liable to file and pay especially when they intend to work. Even without the intention of working yet when the opportunity comes to earn in this country, foreigners should be responsible enough to know the taxes that go with the income they derive in their stay in the Philippines.
If you don’t know how or what to file with the BIR, just ask the BIR thru the BIR Contact Center 981-8888. The BIR is always ready to help you out with your tax and filing concerns.
Pay and file your taxes early on or before the April 15th deadline for taxable year 2010.