MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges against "It's Showtime" host Ryan Bang.
In a statement, the BIR said Bang did not file any income or percentage tax returns for 2010 and 2011, even though he received income from several companies including ABS-CBN Corp., Summit Publishing and Studio 23.
Bang’s legal counsel Joji Alonso said their camp has yet to receive summons from the DOJ on the alleged tax evasion charges.
“Ryan Bang intends to comply with all obligations due the government, if any. He will never knowingly and deliberately violate any law in this country,” Alonso said.
A South Korean national, Bang's real name is Hyun Sung Bank.
The BIR said based on the tax filings of ABS-CBN, Summit Publishing and Studio 23 among others, Bang received at least P3.05 million in income in 2010 and 2011.
The BIR computed Bang's deficiency income and percentage taxes for 2010 and 2011 at P1.8 million, including surcharge and interest.
The BIR said Bang violated sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code. Bang faces a fine of P30,000 to P100,000 and imprisonment of 2 to 4 years for tax evasion.
Bang is currently a host of ABS-CBN's noontime show "It's Showtime." He previously appeared in "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010."
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