BIR files new tax evasion case against celebrity

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Dr. Joel Mendez (FILE PHOTO)

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

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

These last eight complaints for tax evasion filed by the BIR covered tax debts totaling 118.7 million pesos.

The BIR headed by tax commissioner César Dulay has so far brought a total of 988 cases to court as part of its program to fight tax evaders.

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 upheld the one to three year sentence imposed on Joel Mendez in 2016 for failing to file his 2001 tax return.

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

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