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Loopholes threaten ongoing tax reform

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, March 31 2010   /  09:46 am

The high-profile judicial corruption case involving low-ranking tax official Gayus Tambunan has set off alarm bells for the Finance Ministry to immediately review the ongoing reform system at the graft-infested tax office, plugging any loopholes that may undermine the already high-cost overhaul. The Jakarta Post’s Rendi A. Witular digs deeper into the problem. Here are the stories:Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, recovering from the fallout of the protracted Bank Century bailout probe by legislators, expressed anger at senior ministry officials for failing to inform her of the Gayus case five days after it hit newsstands.Director General of Taxation Tjiptardjo, who was supposed to immediately inform her of the case, was overwhelmed to the point that an investigation into Gayus was not initiated until March 25, seven days after former National Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Su...