Judicial Commission meet to discuss KPC tax dispute
The Judicial Commission is planning to hold a plenary meeting to decide whether to investigate into the Supreme Court's decision to reject an appeal filed by the Finance Ministry’s tax office against East Kalimantan based coal-mining company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) in a tax dispute trial.
“If the plenary meeting agrees [to investigate], the commission will ask for a copy of the [Supreme Court's] decision,” commission member Soekotjo told tempointeraktif.com Thursday.
Soekotjo said that if the commission decided to look into the case, it would be made a priority for the commission.
A panel of three justices, Imam Soebechi, Supandi and Paulus E. Lotulung, decided to reject a case review filed by the Tax Directorate against the KPC, the court reported.
A case review is the final legal opportunity for petitioners to contest a ruling from a lower-level court, meaning that the government is now obliged to comply with the verdict.
The case first emerged when the directorate announced it had been investigating possible tax evasion at three mining companies, the KPC, PT Bumi Resources and PT Arutmin Indonesia.
All three companies have ties with Aburizal Bakrie, who is the chairman of Golkar Party – the second largest political party and member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ruling coalition.
The alleged evasion reached Rp 2.1 trillion, the tax office said. The KPC alone was suspected to have outstanding taxes of Rp 1.5 trillion (US$160.5 million).