Finance Minister Sri Mulyani (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said there are about 1,500 very high-risk importers (VHRI), and about 679 importers don’t have any tax identification number (NPWP). High-risk import consists of goods shipping that has a high import duty, imported goods that are dangerous for people and the country, and import activities done by importers with a bad track record.
Sri Mulyani said that hundreds of importer have tarnished the reputation of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DJCB). "Because of having a track record, they could take a high risk like smuggling some goods that contain something, and they could bribe our officials," Sri Mulyani said in the DJCB office, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/7).
She said that the number is not more than 5% if it were counted from the national import volume. However, if they’re ignored, they could ruin the reputation of DJCB.
Sri Mulyani said that the smuggled goods could be textiles, electronics, and even consumption goods. "One container could contain various goods, so they have to be handled through inspections," she said.
She added they have taken many actions starting from integrating information on taxes to customs and excise. Sri Mulyani explained that the taxpayers should fill in the documents that are different from their import documents.
According to her, if some goods are imported through an illegal import but turned into a legal import, it would be encouraged as a state income. "Basically, we don’t kill import activities, we just want to make the economic activity into a formal activity, recorded, and create a fair competition between economic agents," she said.
Sri Mulyani said that some entrepreneur associations welcome the task force on high-risk import sweeping. Besides that, many importers don’t pay value-added tax (VAT) on imported goods.
"Moreover, those who have branded goods are subject to a very different tax," she stated. (dtc/mag)