Indonesia has suffered tax collection shortfalls for years, but armed with fresh data, the country's taxman is banking on a huge jump in revenue this year, although some analysts aren't as certain.
"The difference between this year's tax collections and previous ones is on the data," Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said at the Credit Suisse Asian Investor Conference last week. "Now we have not only massive data -- and more accurate -- we also have a better ID system and as a result now we can identify or we can do the profiling of each individual taxpayer, both companies and individuals."
Many Indonesians use only one name, creating potential headaches for identification. Since 2011, Indonesia has been implementing a national biometric identification card program, replacing all previous identity cards with just one for all programs, including voter registration, passports and taxes. It's a program the government pursued in part to prevent drug dealers from creating multiple false identities for opening bank accounts and the fingerprint data collected was used to help identify victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash.