Jokowi Administration to Hunt Taxpayers

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 , 19:00:00 WIB - Economy

A citizen is seen reporting his 2016 annual income tax return at Tanah Abang 3 Tax Service Office (KPP), Jakarta, Friday (21/4). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The state’s tax income keeps decreasing from year to year, especially in Joko Widodo’s administration. Former Director General of Tax, Fuad Bawazier, said that the state was capable of gaining 90% of the targeted tax income before 2014. However, the state’s tax income started to decrease in 2015.

In 2016, the state gained 81.4% of the targeted tax income, and it was supported by the tax amnesty program. If the program didn’t exist, the state would only gain 70%. Fuad predicts the tax income in the first quarter of 2017 would be less than Rp350 trillion, which means that the tax income would be on the shortfall.

He said the public would consider that the State Budget (APBN) is not realistic. "If Mrs. Sri Mulyani (Finance Minister) often says that the previous State Budget (APBN) wasn’t credible, I think that this year’s APBN is the same because this year’s tax income won't achieve the target," Fuad said, Sunday (14/5).

Therefore, the Directorate General of Tax is working hard to achieve the tax income target. They have targeted to gain Rp45 trillion tax income from tax audit and collection. The Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Tax ensures that all taxpayers, both individuals and organizations, would be audited.

The spokesperson of Directorate General of Tax, Hestu Yoga Saksama, said they would audit tax evaders first, both tax evaders who participated the tax amnesty program and those who didn’t.

"They use the tax amnesty program to avoid the audit on their tax in 2015 and the previous years. The tax evaders haven’t changed their behavior since 2016 until today," Hestu said in Jakarta, Tuesday (16/5).

Hestu hopes that the intensive audit on tax evaders would make them committed to pay their tax.

Therefore, the Directorate General of Tax advise taxpayers who participated tax amnesty program to keep their commitment to become an obedient citizen.

Besides aiming tax evaders, the government has issued new regulations to eliminate bank secrecy for tax purposes. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially issued new regulations about the access to the data of bank customers for tax purposes known as the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI).

Responding to the government’s plan to collect taxes, entrepreneurs are objected. The Deputy Chairman of Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association (Apindo), Suryadi Sasmita, hopes that the Directorate General of Tax won’t repeat the same mistake. Back then, they aimed taxpayers like they’re hunting in the zoo.

It means that taxmen should only depend on the existing taxpayers. "They should stop aiming taxpayers like they’re hunting in the zoo," Sasmita said, Tuesday (16/5). (dtc)

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