Director General of Taxation Robert Pakpahan has said about 85 percent of Rp 1.34 quadrillion (US$99.82 billion) was paid voluntarily by taxpayers last year.
Meanwhile, the remaining 15 percent of tax revenue was collected through extra measures by tax officers, such as issuing warning letters, as well as other methods, he added.
“We hope we can increase [the voluntary compliance of taxpayers] to 90 percent this year,” said Robert in Jakarta on Thursday as reported by kontan.co.id.
Last year, the government targeted to collect Rp 1.45 quadrillion in tax revenue in the 2017 state budget, but it could only achieve about 91 percent of the target.
The more taxpayers voluntarily pay in their taxes, the easier it is for the government to estimate the tax revenue that would be collected, Robert said.
In trying to encourage people to pay taxes, Robert said, his office would combine tough law enforcement with improvements in service. “Theoretically, through a soft approach, the tax office could collect more tax revenue,” he added. (bbn)