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Jakarta Post

Constitutional Court queries challenge to Tax Amnesty Law

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 28, 2016   /  06:32 am
Constitutional Court queries challenge to Tax Amnesty Law President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo speaks during a campaign on the tax amnesty program in Medan, North Sumatra on July 21. (Presidential Secretariat/Laily Rachev)

The Constitutional Court questioned on Wednesday the grounds for the challenge to the Tax Amnesty Law by the two groups and two individuals that have submitted a request for a judicial review, and who claim the law will assist money laundering practices.

“What losses will you suffer because of this law? It is not clear. You should provide explanations about that so we can be sure that this law will harm you in any way,” justice Aswanto said.

The petitioners should also explain the weakness of the law, which could be demonstrated by the experiences of other countries that have applied such a regulation, he added.

The amnesty law, which was passed on June 28, offers benefits to participants, including low fines for tax evaders who report their wealth to tax authorities, and confidentiality, which makes it impossible to track the source of the wealth. 

Hence, civil advocate groups One Justice Foundation and People's Struggle Union, and two individuals officially filed requests for a judicial review of the law on July 13.

Sugeng Teguh Santoso, the chairman of One Justice Foundation said that he would revise the challenge as soon as possible as suggested by the court, which gave them until August 9. (wnd)

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