These top celebrity taxpayers serve as an example to their fans and fellow celebrities, showing that paying taxes is not only a legal obligation but also a way to contribute to the country's progress and development.
For the year 2022, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has released the list of top celebrity taxpayers through their tax campaign kick-off at Fishermall in Quezon City, Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Here are some of them:
1 Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo are two of the most popular actors in the Philippines. Known for their on-screen chemistry, the pair have starred in numerous hit movies and TV shows together, earning them the nickname "KathNiel" from their fans. They led the roster of TV personalities who contributed the highest taxes in 2022, according to BIR.
2 Coco Martin
Coco Martin is not only known for his remarkable skills as an actor and director in the Philippine entertainment industry but also for his contribution as one of the top taxpayers in the country. He now stars and directs the teleserye ‘FPJ's Batang Quiapo’.
3 Willie Revillame
Willie Revillame, as a celebrity, is known for his generosity and philanthropic efforts. As a successful businessman, he has also fulfilled his obligations by regularly paying his taxes. In fact, in 2018, he was recognized by BIR for being one of the top individual taxpayers in the country.
"Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na ika'y nagko-contribute sa ating bayan," he said during the BIR event.
4 Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis is a well-known actress, host, and singer in the Philippines who has also been recognized as a responsible taxpayer. Anne has been vocal about the importance of paying taxes and fulfilling one's civic duty, setting a good example for her millions of fans and followers.
"I think it's important that we lead by example to the future generations," she said, "and encourage others to think about the progression of our country."
5 Maja Salvador
Maja Salvador is a well-known actress, dancer, singer, and entrepreneur in the Philippines. Her versatility, hard work, and dedication have made her one of the most prominent and respected figures in Philippine showbiz. Her responsible citizenship sets an excellent example for others, emphasizing the importance of giving back to society and supporting the government in providing essential services and programs to the people.
Mike Enriquez is a well-known Filipino broadcast journalist and television personality. He is best known for his work as an anchor and host for GMA Network's news and public affairs programs, including the flagship newscast "24 Oras" and the investigative program "Imbestigador". Like every citizen, he understands the importance of contributing to the country's economic growth and development by fulfilling his tax obligations.
7 Jessica Soho
Jessica Soho is a highly acclaimed and well-respected broadcast journalist in the Philippines. She is best known for her eponymous news program, "Jessica Soho Reports," which covers a wide range of topics from current events to human interest stories. As a responsible citizen, Jessica Soho recognizes the importance of paying taxes and fulfilling her duty to her country.
8 Sarah Geronimo
Sarah Geronimo is a renowned Filipina singer, actress, and television personality. She first rose to prominence in the Philippines in 2003 after winning the television singing competition "Star for a Night." Since then, she has released numerous hit albums and singles, won multiple awards, and established herself as one of the country's most popular and successful entertainers. She recognizes the importance of fulfilling her civic duty and contributing to the country's growth by paying her taxes.
9 Vic Sotto
Vic Sotto is a Filipino actor, comedian, and television host who has become a beloved figure in Philippine entertainment. He is known for his witty humor and impeccable timing, which has earned him numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. Despite his success, Sotto remains a role model for other celebrities to pay their taxes diligently.
10 Michael V
As a successful comedian, actor, and TV host, Michael V, also known as Bitoy, is a responsible citizen and a conscientious taxpayer in the Philippines. Apart from his comedic talents, Michael V. is also a skilled songwriter and music producer, having created many hit songs throughout his career. Through his social media accounts, Michael V encourages his fans and followers to fulfill their civic duty as taxpayers and to support programs and initiatives that benefit the Filipino people.
Being responsible citizens, these celebrities and TV personalities understand the importance of paying taxes and fulfilling their duty to support the government's programs and services. It is through the collective effort of taxpayers like them that the government is able to fund public projects such as infrastructure, healthcare, education, and social welfare.
It is important to note that this list only includes celebrity taxpayers who have been awarded during BIR's recent tax season kick-off. Without revealing their ranking and how much they actually paid for taxes, BIR also recognized other top tax-paying personalities like TV host and news anchor Mel Tiangco, actresses Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Liza Soberano; singers Bugoy Drilon, Jed Madela, and Erik Santos; and actor Niño Muhlach.