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Tax office allays concerns

  • Prima Wirayani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 30, 2017   /  06:09 am
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Taxpayers consult with tax office staff as they apply for the tax amnesty at East Java Tax Office II in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Aug. 8. (Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq)

The Finance Ministry’s Taxation Directorate General is in the spotlight over accusations that it is threatening hundreds of companies, including major foreign-owned ones, as the cash-strapped government is in dire need of more revenue. With three months left to meet its collection target, the tax office has assured the public that it has no intention of scaring away people or businesses in its drive to collect taxes. Director General of Taxation Ken Dwijugiasteadi recently clarified reports that his office had simultaneously issued investigation letters to hundreds of companies with preliminary evidence of tax crimes. While confirming that the office had sent letters to the companies indicating preliminary evidence (bukper), which would give the office a basis for launching an investigation, Ken insisted that the office had relaxed its approach. A bukper is issued if ta...