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Jakarta Post

Indonesia probes 272 taxpayers mentioned in Panama Papers

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 12, 2016   /  04:53 pm
Indonesia probes 272 taxpayers mentioned in Panama Papers People walk past the Arango Orillac Building that houses the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City on April 5. (Associated Press/Arnulfo Franco)

Indonesia’s tax office will launch an investigation into 272 Indonesian taxpayers whose names are mentioned in the Panama Papers, a leak of documents posted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The office has identified 272 taxpayers from 1,038 taxpayers listed in the Panama Papers who own the tax identification number (NPWP). Of these, 235 taxpayers reported their annual tax assessment (SPT) and 137 others have received tax collection letters (STP).

"But it is still being decided whether they are related to the Panama Papers or not. There are 78 taxpayers who have been summoned in relation to the Panama Papers, and we will examine the data again," said tax office head Ken Dwijugiastiadi at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.

Mekar Satria Utama, the tax office's director of counseling services and public relations, added that the tax office was still identifying around 800 other individuals and companies mentioned in the data. During the process, the tax office will check whether the taxpayers included the information in their SPT or not.

"From the Panama Papers we have identified 1,038 individuals and companies, consisting of 28 companies and 1,010 individual taxpayers. If the taxpayers cannot clarify their position, then we may conduct further examinations and even an investigation," he said.

The tax office, he continued, previously retrieved data on Indonesian taxpayers with offshore companies from G-20 countries. According to him, there are around 6,500 Indonesian names on the list.

The ICGJ made data on 200,000 entities associated with Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca available on its website on Monday. The data contains basic information about individuals and companies, trustees and foundations set up in 21 jurisdictions.

The database has revealed how some tiny countries in the South Pacific, such as Samoa, Niue, and Cook Islands, have become favored places to set up more than 13,000 offshore companies and trustees. (ags)

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