Sunday, January 31, 2010

Top 100 Tax Debtors

Last Thursday, the Directorate General of Taxation has surprised us when they announced that there are 100 companies that have a tax debt totaling Rp 17.5 Trillion, i.e one third of tax debt of Rp 52 Trillion.
They include state owned enterprises like PT Pertamina, PT Garuda Indonesia Airlines,  PT Jamsostek and PT BNI. Please find below an article quoted from Kompas.

I hope that those debts would be able to be collected very soon,  considering that they are badly needed to finance the development in this country.

100 Companies in Tax Arrears of Rp. 17.5 Trillion
Jumat, 29 Januari 2010 | 12:58 WIB
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Unbelievable. The Directorate General of Taxation records that within the last five years, since before December 31, 2009, there are 100 companies with tax in arrears that sum up to Rp. 17.5 trillion, or 33.7 percent of the total tax in arrears, which is Rp. 52 trillion.

Thursday, the Directorate General of Taxation submitted the list of tax debtors to the Commission XI of the House, which is in charge of finance and banking. "Those are all the tax in arrears for the last five years," said the chief deputy of Commission XI of the House, Melchias Marcus Mekeng.

A number of government enterprises are included in the top 100 major debtors list, among which, PT Pertamina, PT Garuda Indonesia, PT Jamsostek, and PT Bank BNI Tbk.

Unfortunately, Melchias didn't breakdown the debt figures for each of those companies. The Director General of Taxation, Mochad Tjiptardo, also didn't reveal the numbers of the companies' debts. But clearly, "They all must pay," commented Tjiptardjo.

The Directorate General of Taxation is doing various endeavors to collect the debts. They would even go as far as confiscating assets, including what's deposited in banks or from tax debtors that don't show a good will to pay their tax in arrears. This can be done by blocking bank accounts, interception, or even gijzeling (a form of confiscation).

Mass denials

However, a number of companies in the list deny of having tax debts in arrears. "We're ready for data confirmation because we have all our tax payment proofs," said Gandhi Sulistyanto, director of Sinar Mas Group, the mother-company of PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia and PT Pindo Deli Pulp and Papermills, which is included in the list.

Similar denials come from the managing director of PT Jamsostek Hotbonar Sinaga. He even stated that his company has over-paid their tax and has restitution rights from the retirement fund tax deposit, which has been deducted by the bank, with an amount of Rp. 1.4 billion.

Finance director of PT Bank Bukopin Tri Joko Prihanto suspects that his company's tax debt in arrears come from the transactions of its syariah units. However, "the issue is still in dispute, because the government hasn't determined whether Islamic syariah units are subject to tax or not."

Said Didu, secretary to the state minister of state enterprises also admits that part of the government's tax debts in arrears are still in dispute. But, "We will double check and facilitate a meeting between state-owned enterprises and the Directorate General of Taxation." (Kontan/Martina P., Lamgiat S., Roy Franedya, Ade Jun P./C17-09)

8 comments:

colson said...

It reads like alarming news. Though the facts are not quite clear: are these companies in debt or are they in the process of fighting a legal battle with the directorate.

It may well be it's the same kind of tax evasion which is a sophisticated "sport" in many countries. It is popular among the very rich citizens and the very powerful companies. They can afford to hire or employ fiscal lawyers to find ways to avoid paying too much or to pay at all. Surveyors and inspectors of taxes are their opponents and should make sure everybody pays his/her share.

H. Nizam said...

Colson,

The information was part of the report given by the Tax Office to the parliament. And the Tax Office admitted that they are still too general, need to be clarified again.
Hopefully the actual figures would not be so frightening.

Link Tea said...

Hehe.. kurang bisa nangkap nih.. maklum hehe.. goodluck bos..

H. Nizam said...

Link Tea,

Terima kasih atas kunjungan anda.

Saya akan senang sekali menerima tanggapan dalam bahasa Indonesia.
Ringkasan:
Tentang 100 perusahaan yang menunggak pajak sejumlah Rp 17.5 trilion.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

An awful lot of tax owing. But the Govt should not have a problem getting SOE's to pay their tax - just order them to. Private enterprise can be penalised with late fees.

H. Nizam said...

Peter,

The ideal way would be as you said that the SOE should make the payment and penalized with late fees. But it seems that things are not as simple as that.

umihoney said...

Executives everywhere have problems discharging their duties when faced with conglomerates and the big boys..too much Wayang Kulit at play. The inland revenues could work in tandem with other govt. agencies to get accurate data in order to move ahead with this. White waters ahead..have to be strong and firm.

H. Nizam said...

Umihoney,

Too much Wayang Kulit at play indeed.
The Tax Office should always be firm in doing their duty. Every tax payers should be treated equally.