President Expected to Appoint New Tax Director General Soon, Pakpahan Front Runner

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (2nd left) briefs the press on State Budget issues.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo is expected to announce soon new Director General for Taxation replacing Ken Dwijugiasteadi, whose term will end on Dec. 1, 2017.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters on Thursday that she has proposed candidates to the President, however, the President is yet to make a decision, refuting reports that the President has picked a name.

“We have proposed names to the President,” Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters, but declined to disclose the candidates.

Minister Indrawati was asked by reporters in response to some media reports that the President has picked Robert Pakpapan, who is currently Director General for Financial and Risk Management at the Finance Ministry, as new Director General for Taxation.

Johan Budi, the spokesperson of the President, said the President has yet to make a decision. “It (report) is not true. New Director General for Taxation is yet to be decided.”

Nufransah, head of communication bureau of the Finance Ministry, added, “An official announcement will be issued once the President makes a decision.”’

Sofyan Wanandi, an expert staff of the Vice President, however, said that the President has appointed Robert Pakpahan. “That’s true. He (Robert Pakpahan) was appointed directly by the President,” Wanandi told Liputan6.com.

Director General for Taxation is one of the toughest jobs in the government as the tax office is given huge responsibility to collect taxes to fund the State Budget. Some observers have said that this year’s tax revenues are likely to fall short of the target, on the back subdued economic growth. (*)