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Revenue falls short of ambitious target

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With 10% of state revenue derived from taxing tobacco, a shrinking population of smokers in Indonesia has not helped with shortfalls.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Disappointing growth and falling commodity prices seriously dented Indonesian tax collections last year, with total revenue missing the goal by nearly 20% -- the first time in five years the total fell below 90% of the target.

     Sigit Priadi Pramudito, director general of the tax department, resigned in early December when he realized that revenue for the year would amount to less than 82% of the target.

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