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Jakarta Post

Editorial: The filthy rich tax officials

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 19 2010   /  10:11 am

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati staked out her reputation by instituting a new policy last week, which authorizes her to check tax payment records, bank accounts and asset balance sheets of senior officials at her ministry, their spouses and children in light of verifying their wealth against their civil servant salaries.She hoped this new policy would fill a loophole in tracking down corrupt officials, notably at the Taxation Directorate General, as it is now the officials, not the police nor public prosecutors, who must prove the legitimacy of their wealth.This measure could also serve as a deterrent against malfeasance, keeping officials constantly on their toes.
It has long been common knowledge that many officials of the Taxation Directorate General and, to a certain extent, the Customs and Excise Directorate General can live comfortably way above their civil servant salar...