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Jakarta's tax office workers share tales from the trenches

Indonesia's amnesty program brings long hours but also a bit of a thrill

JAKARTA Tax supervisor Mekar Satria Utama can pinpoint the exact moment when deep-pocketed Indonesians began to change their attitude about taxes.

"It was started by James Riady," he said, referring to the chief executive of the Chinese-Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group, who visited the tax office on Sept. 2. Riady pitched the government's tax amnesty program, launched in July, as a national "reset button."

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