TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The state revenue from the mineral and coal sector is apparently not accord with mining company reports regarding the obligations they should pay. This difference include receipts on Corporate Income Tax, Land and Building Tax, royalties and fixed fees.

“There is a significant difference between mineral and coal companies’ reports with government reports. The biggest difference is coal royalties, “said National Coordinator at Publish What You Pay Indonesia, Maryati Abdullah, in Jakarta, Monday, May 13, 2013.

This difference was found in an audit conducted by the Gideon Ikhwan Sofwan Public Accountant Office. The audit was conducted in order to fulfill the obligations contained in Presidential Regulation Number 26 Year 2010 on Transparency of State Revenues and Regional Revenues Obtained from Extractive Industries.

The audit was carried out on all explorations that occurred in 2009. Audits in 2010 and 2011 are still ongoing. Indonesia conducted this audit because it is incorporated in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) where the government is obliged to report revenues from the oil and gas sector while oil and gas companies are required to report payments on their obligations to the state. The auditor is selected through a tender process by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

The biggest reporting difference is in coal royalties which reached US$ 54 million. The government received royalty of US$ 1,207 billion while according to mining entities, they paid a royalty of US$ 1.153 billion. For the coal commodity production tax, the government claimed to get payment of US$ 1.294 billion while the company claimed to pay US$ 1.110 billion. The difference reached US $ 0.273 billion.

As for the land and building tax for mineral commodity, there are reporting differences of US $ 16.234 million in which the government claims to receive revenues of US$ 3.358 million while the mineral company claims to have paid US$ 21.123 million. The audit was conducted on 6 mineral companies, 7 tin companies, 2 bauxite companies, 2 nickel companies, and 54 coal companies.

Maryati said that related to the reporting process, there were still companies that did not send the reports needed for audit purposes. They did not submit a complete report and did not provide authorization sheets to open tax data. “This is a question mark when they say they want transparency,” she said.

In addition, the government is also considered not optimal in submitting reports because the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ reporting form does not match ESDM’s worksheets, especially for royalty posts, mining revenue, and fixed fees. Maryati considered this to show the government’s weak record in receiving natural resources.


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