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Friendly tax officers help improve compliance

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Wed, March 14 2018   /  12:28 am

Being the major contributors to Indonesia’s tax revenue, prominent individual and institutional taxpayers believe that better service and a softer approach from tax officers would encourage them to become more compliant in fulfilling their tax obligations.Eddy Kusnadi Sariatmadja, the founder of media giant Emtek Group, was among dozens of wealthy taxpayers who received an award from the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Taxation on Tuesday for being compliant, an attitude seen as an example to be followed by his peers.Eddy, who is also the president commissioner of his company, said friendly tax officers with good awareness of how to serve the people would help taxpayers be more responsive in meeting their tax obligations.He said that in the past, business owners and managements tended to have a low level of trust toward tax officers, but discussions and a cooperative attitu...