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Jakarta Post

More leeway for tax cheats?

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 7 2010   /  09:30 am

The exit of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati from the Cabinet may have come at a critical time for an antigraft drive at the tax office amid increased focus on systemic reform failures. A string of recently exposed tax crimes in major cities has highlighted setbacks in the tax office’s reform program, once hailed as the country’s most successful.Tax and customs supervision commission chairman Anwar Suprijadi said there was a serious failure in the supervisory system to detect tax crimes and leaks in tax collection involving top officials. “Years after the reform drive, the tax office has been left with only eight people to staff its internal supervision division and oversee 32,000 officials across the archipelago,” Anwar said recently. He said internal supervisors were only available in Jakarta. In comparison, the customs and excise office, which is also known as corrupt, h...