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A fifth of Indonesian politicians avoid taxes

A fifth of Indonesian politicians avoid taxes

Indonesia's top tax official says nearly a fifth of lawmakers and senators are not registered with his office to pay taxes and are breaking the law.
Tax Director General Muhamad Tjiptohardjo said Saturday that 136 out of 692 members of the senate and parliament have no tax number, meaning they cannot file annual returns or disclose their personal wealth.
Indonesia is regularly ranked by corruption watchdog Transparency International as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, with lawmakers said to be among the worst offenders. Indonesia's government is estimated to miss out on billions of dollars in tax income because of rampant corruption.
Tjiptohardjo said civil servants have a duty to pay taxes and set a good example for the public.


Updated : 2021-03-02 03:59 GMT+08:00