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Jakarta Post

Tax leader in hot seat at House hearing

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 8 2010   /  09:49 am

Legislators of a working committee on tax began its first show Wednesday, bombarding Director General of Taxation Mochammad Tjiptardjo with questions on the absence of supervision that lead to alleged widespread tax corruption.Lawmakers then challenged Tjiptardjo to raise the target of the country’s income from tax if the claims were not many and Gayus H. Tambunan in the tax office was innocent.“I believe there is no supervision in the tax office,” Edison Betaubun from the Golkar Party said in response to the statement from Tjiptardjo over the plan to beef up supervision of tax officers.Gayus is a former tax official who was found to have Rp 28 billion (US$3.08 million) in his account, but has been acquitted in a graft trial. On Wednesday, Gayus revealed 13 people involved in the case, including a middle-ranking officer at the tax office.Legislator Andi Rachmat from the Democratic ...