01 July 2012
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Indonesia takes tough-guy route to tax collection
|Indonesia follows in boot camp footprints
It is all well and good to try to ensure that your tax officials are
prepared for the demanding job of collecting revenue, but the Indonesian
government has taken this one step further. The Directorate General of
Taxation is sending its 32,000 tax officers to a military boot camp in a
bid to boost morale and promote professionalism.
"This is not military training but disciplinary training that is
aiming to increase employees' patriotism and morale," said Chandra Budi,
a tax office spokesman told the Financial Times. "It requires a strong
mentality and much vigour to fulfil the task of collecting tax."
This is really an attempt to improve efficiency in a tax system that
is riven by corruption. Tax officers have often appeared in court on
charges of helping corporations and individuals evade their taxes.
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