Tax Refund Arrears Increase
Tuesday, 10 April, 2007 | 16:35 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The number of tax refund arrears or those which have not been paid by the government to tax payers in the first quarter of 2007 totalled Rp7.3175 trillion. The number of tax refund arrears rose 73 percent from the same quarter in 2006, that was Rp 4.2199 trillion.

According to the Tax Director General Darmin Nasution, the tax refund arrears occurred because they are the combination between the current year’s refund and that of the previous year. “In 2006 the tax refund was indeed low because of the Pademangan case at the end of 2005. So at that time we were very careful,” he said during the ‘Coffee Morning’ show with the reporters at the Finance Department, Wednesday (10/4).

The decrease in 2006, he said, can be seen by comparing the refund in the first quarter in 2005 amounting to Rp5.98 trillion. “So in 2006, the Pademangan effect was felt,” he said.

The refund amount in 2007, according to Darmin, was taken from the State Revenue Module (MPN) data of the Directorate General of Treasury at the Finance Department. So it was difficult to differentiate between the current year’s refund from the arrears. “The data is not quite right, because in January, reconciliation with banking about MPN perception is still needed,” he said.

Anton Aprianto
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