Lawmakers Pay ‘Sudden Visit’ to Tax Office to Look Into Alleged Fraud

By webadmin on 12:03 pm Mar 13, 2012
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Lawmakers from the House of Representatives’ legal commission conducted a surprise visit to the tax office on Tuesday morning, following recent reports of alleged tax fraud.

Members of House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, also conducted a similar surprise visit at the office of Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK).

Commission member, Martin Hutabarat, said lawmakers sought an explanation from the two institutions regarding tax fraud issues, including the latest one allegedly involving tax officer Dhana Widyatmika, who was named a suspect last month for allegedly amassing between Rp 60 billion ($6.5 million) and Rp 100 billion in bribes from his clients at the tax office.

“We’ll seek explanations about these tax leakages, especially because of the case of Dhana Widyatmika, who is only a junior civil servant but already has extraordinary amounts in his bank accounts,” Martin said.

He added lawmakers would ask to check bank accounts of officials at the Ministry of Finance and the directorate general of taxation, saying many of them were suspected of having “swollen” bank accounts.

The PPATK, meanwhile, is expected to follow-up any reports of abnormal amounts found in those accounts.

The tax office has been under public scrutiny since the case of former low-rank tax officer Gayus Tambunan emerged in 2010.

Gayus recently received his fourth straight corruption conviction bringing his total jail term to 28 years. Investigations put his total wealth at around Rp 100 billion, which was believed to have come from bribes from companies seeking to skip their full tax obligations.

Police said last week they were investigating a third tax officer, identified only as A.H., who allegedly amassed Rp 6 billion in bribes.