tirto.id – The luxurious lifestyle of Ministry of Finance officials is in the public spotlight. It all started with the maltreatment case that was committed by Mario Dandy Satrio, the son of a DGT official, then the Director General of Taxes with a big motorbike caused public trust in the tax authorities to fall.
In this regard, the Executive Director of The PRAKARSA, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, Ah Muftuchan suspects that the current case is due to a lack of oversight of the tax authorities. Because of that, he hopes that the government will carry out institutional reforms of the Directorate General of Taxes.
“Institutional reform of the tax authority can be carried out by separating the Directorate General of Taxes from the Ministry of Finance into an autonomous institution under the direct president. In order to make reform of the state revenue authority more comprehensive, the Directorate General of Customs and Excise can also be separated from the Ministry of Finance and merged with the Directorate General of Taxes to become a State Revenue Agency (LPN)," said Ah Maftuchan from a written statement, Jakarta, Thursday (2/3/2023) .
He explained that the State Revenue Agency (LPN) was the result of institutional reforms at the Directorate General of Taxes and Directorate General of Customs and Excise. This will influence institutional governance and improve overall tax, customs and excise performance.
It is hoped that the result will be an increase in state revenue in accordance with the existing potential. Then, public trust in state revenue authorities is increasing.
"By being separated from the Ministry of Finance, in general the institutional governance of the Directorate General of Taxes and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise as autonomous institutions can reduce super powersIt's the Ministry of Finance," he said.
"Because it separates the authority of state revenue and the state treasury. In addition, this separation can also increase accountability, increase supervision and reduce potential conflict of interests, "He added.
Furthermore, he considered that in order to strengthen this step, a tax court reform was needed which had been under the Ministry of Finance to be moved under the Supreme Court (MA). Maftuchan is optimistic that if this can be done it will be a good step towards the end of President Joko Widodo's government (Jokowi).
"If the establishment of the State Revenue Agency begins, it will have a significant impact on our government, there will be social and economic benefits from this policy," he concluded.