Jerald Napoles on “couple vlogger” being investigated by BIR
Actor Jerald Napoles recently shared his reaction about the “couple vlogger” being investigated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
PEP reported that Jerald and his girlfriend Kim Molina have a joint YouTube channel “KimJe TV” which already has nearly half a million subscribers. However, the actor assured that they weren’t the “couple vlogger” being investigated by the BIR for non-payment of taxes.
In Jerald’s Facebook post obtained by PEP, the actor jokingly shared that he and Kim didn’t delete their YouTube channel because they didn’t have PHP 50 million to PHP 100 million yet.
“Hindi pa po namin binubura ni Kim… kasi wala pa ‘yang 50 to 100 million. Pag meron na, burahin agad namen to save our relationship,” said Jerald.
Jerald’s reaction came after Manila Bulletin reported that a “couple vlogger”, who reportedly raked in multi-million pesos from vlogging, abruptly deleted their YouTube channel in what the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials believed to be an attempt to avoid paying taxes.
Based on BIR’s initial investigation, the couple, whose names were withheld pending the outcome of the investigation, earned PHP 50 million to PHP 100 million in the past two years which allowed them to build a mansion and to buy luxury vehicles as well.
Manila Bulletin also reported that BIR sources said that the couple vlogger deleted their YouTube channel days after BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay officially announced a crackdown against social media influencers who had been earning huge sum of money from social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube by compelling them to pay taxes.
According to Dulay, social media influencers can’t hide their income as tax authorities of countries where the social media platforms were based were obligated to furnish the Bureau of Internal Revenue with their salaries under a “tax treaty” agreement with the Philippines.