Kathryn Bernardo with reel and real boyfriend Daniel Padilla
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) honored top celebrity taxpayers for 2022 which include Kapamilya stars Coco Martin, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
The regional office of the BIR in Quezon City said that the tandem, also known by their portmanteau, “KathNiel,” was among the celebrities diligent in filing their taxes as Filipino citizens.
In a speech during the program, Daniel Padilla affirmed that they paid “lots” of taxes while Kathryn said she hoped it would inspire others to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens.
“Malaking bagay ‘to sa’min and hopefully, this will inspire everybody to do our responsibility bilang Filipino na nagbabayad ng tax,” Kathryn added on March 8, Wednesday.
“This is a big deal for us and hopefully this will inspire everybody to do our responsibility as Filipinos — to pay our taxes,” the actress said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Other showbiz personalities recognized by the BIR for being top taxpayers include actors Anne Curtis, Judy Ann Santos, Maja Salvador, and Liza Soberano.
Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie Viceral in real life, said he was also cited as one of the top taxpayers but by another region of the BIR. Vice Ganda has been consistently one of the top celebrity taxpayers of the country for many years now.
“Maraming-maraming salamat po sa award na ito at maraming-maraming salamat sa dami naming binayad na tax,” Padilla said in jest as reported by ABS-CBN.
“Hopefully, this would inspire everybody to do our responsibility bilang Pilipino na magbayad ng tax,” Bernardo added.
The other top celebrity taxpayers honored were Vic Sotto, Willie Revillame, Michael V., Sarah Geronimo.
Top broadcasters Mike Enriquez, Jessica Soho, and Mel Tiangco were also honored by the BIR as among the top taxpayers.
In her acceptance speech, Curtis urged Filipinos to pay their taxes on time.
“I just wanna say that now I am a mother, I think it’s so important that we lead by example to the future generations and encourage others to think about the progression of our country as well for the future generations that have yet to come,” she said.
“So, let’s all lead by example and support the BIR and let’s pay everything on time.”