BIR files another tax evasion case against celebrity

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BIR files another tax evasion case against celebrity

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MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has again taken celebrity doctor Joel Mendez and his beauty clinic to court over allegedly unpaid taxes in 2010.

In a statement Friday, the BIR said Weigh Less Center Co. and its partners Dr. Joel and Oscar Mendez were among eight taxpayers facing tax evasion cases filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ). .

In total, these last eight tax evasion complaints filed by the BIR covered tax debts totaling 118.7 million pesos. The BIR headed by Internal Revenue Commissioner César Dulay under the Duterte administration has so far brought a cumulative 988 cases to court under its program to fight tax evaders (rates).

In the case of the Mendezes and Weigh Less Center, the BIR said it owed the tax authorities 7.7 million pesos, including surcharges, ten years ago.

In 2017, the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld the one to three year sentence imposed on Joel Mendez in 2016 for failing to file his income tax return (ITR) for the year 2001.

In 2020, law enforcement arrested Mendez in Cagayan de Oro City over a series of sexual affairs.

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