'Eat Bulaga's' Brazilian host faces tax evasion rap

Posted at 04/07/2011 12:12 PM | Updated as of 04/07/2011 10:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Brazilian host of television noontime show “Eat Bulaga!” is in hot water after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges against her before the Department of Justice.

The BIR said Daiana 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.

Menezes, a Brazilian actress, model and TV host, 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 “Eat Bulaga!” being aired on GMA 7 since 2007.

“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,” the BIR’s press statement read.

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

According to the BIR, Menezes registered with the bureau 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,” the BIR said.

“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,” it added.

Menezes’ case is the 38th filed under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the BIR under Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares.