ICYMI, vlogger couple JaMill—Jayzam Manabat and Camille Trinidad—is back on Youtube. Along with uploading a new vlog on their new Youtube channel, they also sat down for an interview to address the speculations of *possible tax evasion* as social media influencers.
Here's a quick recap: On August 16, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 97-2021 to clarify the tax obligations of social media influencers, including Youtube content creators like JaMill. Three days later, Camille deleted their original channel which at the time had 12 million subscribers. Netizens speculated that the BIR reminder *might* have something to do with the deletion of the popular Youtube channel.
In an interview with Jessica Soho, the couple said they are currently working on settling their tax dues.
"Dumating na lang po yung panahon na pinuntahan kami ng BIR sa bahay para i-educate po kami na mayroon pong tax which is inaasikaso na po namin ngayon sa tamang paraan," Jayzam explained.
He added, "Sa mga nanonood, huwag ninyong isiping negatibo kapag yung mga tao ay hinahabol ng BIR. Ibig sabihin, may potensyal kaming mga vloggers umambag dito sa Pilipinas."
However, they clarified that taxes were not the reason behind the channel deletion.
Jayzam shared, "In-interview po si Camille sa isang project niya. Maraming tanong na parang hindi po talaga maganda. Totoo ba talaga itong relasyon? Kayo ba talaga? Mamaya ginagawa niyo lang yan dahil vloggers kayo? So nasaktan po kami hanggang sa nagtatanungan na po kami na naandito ka lang ba kasi nagva-vlog tayo?"
"Naging emotional po talaga nang sobra," Camille added.
Jayzam said the overwhelming emotions of the talk resulted in Camille deleting their first channel.
Camille and Jayzam have been in a relationship since 2017. As of this writing, their new channel already has 469 thousand subscribers.