Kris Aquino is the highest paid celebrity in 2010 – and also its top celebrity taxpayer, a document from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) showed.
Aquino, who is dubbed Queen of All Media, had a total taxable income of P101 million in 2010, for which she paid taxes of P32.3 million.
This put her at No. 17 on the list of top 500 individual taxpayers for 2010 – higher than some of the most high-profile businessmen like Ayala Corp.’s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, mall tycoon Henry Sy and telecoms executive Manuel V. Pangilinan.
TV host Willie Revillame (No. 21) earned P82 million in 2010 and paid taxes of P26.5 million. During that time, Revillame was still hosting “Wowowee” on ABS-CBN since his show on TV5 aired in October that year.
Actress-singer Sharon Cuneta (No. 58) paid P16.6 million in taxes after earning P52 million in 2010, when she was still with ABS-CBN. She moved to TV5 effective this year.
Another actress and singer Sarah Geronimo (No. 67) paid P14.8 million in taxes from her earnings of P46.4 million in 2010; while leading man Piolo Pascual (No. 76) paid P13 million in taxes after earning P49.8 million.
Box-office king John Lloyd Cruz (No. 95) earned P34 million in 2010 and paid taxes of P10.9 million, while King of Talk Boy Abunda (No. 134) paid P9.2 million in taxes after earning P29 million.
Actress Judy Ann Santos (No. 211) had earnings of P19.9 million, while paying P6.3 million in taxes.
Cuneta’s daughter KC Concepcion (No. 229) earned P18.9 million and paid taxes of P6 million, while actor Jericho Rosales (No. 236) had a taxable income of P18.77 million, while paying P5.9 million in taxes.
Also in the top 500 taxpayers were Gerald Anderson (No. 336) and balik-Kapamilya Carmina Villaroel (No. 357).
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Comedian Michael V., or Beethoven Bunagan in real life, was the top earner in his network (No. 40) with a total taxable income of P65.5 million, for which he paid P20.9 million in taxes. He was followed by actress Marian Rivera (No. 86) who earned P37.2 million, while paying P11.8 million in taxes.
Claudine Barretto (No. 99) earned P33.4 million, paid taxes of P10.6 million while Rivera’s boyfriend Dingdong Dantes (No. 237) earned P18.75 million, with taxes of P5.9 million.
News anchor Mel Tiangco also made the list at No. 379, with earnings of P15.1 million, while paying taxes of P4.8 million.