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Brazilian host of noontime television show sued for tax evasion

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue 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 under Sec. 254 and 255 of the Tax Code, respectively. 

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.

Verification of her tax records disclosed that Ms. MENEZES 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. Based from available documents gathered by the BIR, 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.

It is worthy to note that 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.

By reason of her deliberate and repeated non-declaration of revenues or income for taxable years 2007 to 2009 and her failure to pay the income taxes and percentage taxes due thereon, Ms. MENEZES failed to pay the correct amount of taxes which resulted in the deprivation of taxes due to the government.

The estimated aggregate tax liabilities of Ms. MENEZES amounted to P983,658.07 for deficiency income and percentage taxes covering taxable years 2007 to 2009, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

The case against DAIANA A. MENEZES is the thirty-eighth (38th) filed under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares.


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