TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The tax amount PT The Master Steel (TMS) incurred is alleged to reach Rp 120 billion (US$ 12.31 million). The arrears are unpaid taxes for three years. "It amounts between Rp 100 to 200 billion," said a Tempo source from the Anti-Graft Commission (KPK), Thursday.
The source also mentioned that KPK is investigating the tax audit team who handled the company. KPK is examining if the grafts flowed to other parties, either members of the team or officials within the Directorate General of Taxation. Allegedly, the grafts given to the tax team amount to billions.
Previously, KPK arrested the accomplice of a steel company employee who bribed two tax officials with SIN$ 300,000 or Rp 2.4 billion (US$ 239,940). The TMS employee bribed two officials from East Jakarta Tax Office.
TMS is a domestic company operating in the steel industry. Tempo was informed that the employees bribed the tax officials to smoothen the company’s tax arrears. It was not the first time. Turned out, there has been previous bribes. The suspected tax officials are Muhammad Dian Irwan Nugishra and Eko Darmayanto. Nugishra is a class III D young tax examiner, while Darmayanto is a class III C tax supervisor.
The two were caught by the act of receiving bribes from Kumala at Terminal III Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday, 10.00 local time. Presently, KPK is putting two TMS financial managers, Effendi Kumala and Teddy Muliawan, into detention.