The e-commerce platforms (for example Tokopedia and Lazada) will be required to give data to authorities on how much money each vendor has made while selling its products and services through the online marketplace.

The new regulation does not impose any new tax rates but only aims at making sure that those who earn money through e-commerce platforms comply with tax regulations. Initially, the new regulation also required merchants who sell their products through the e-commerce platforms to list their tax identity number (in Indonesia known as NPWP). However, this rule met fierce opposition because registering for a NPWP means plenty of paperwork, particularly in the case of a corporate NPWP. Problematically, Indonesia is known for its tough bureaucracy and even though the central government has been trying to combat red tape, it remains a big problem in the biggest economy of Southeast Asia and drives many people to despair.

Poll Indonesia Investments:

At the end of 2019 the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate will be closest to ....

Voting possible:  -


  • IDR 13,000 per US dollar (33.9%)
  • IDR 14,000 per US dollar (33.3%)
  • IDR 15,000 per US dollar (25.8%)
  • No opinion (7%)

Total amount of votes: 954


This articles discusses:

the latest Corporate Tax Statistics report of the OECD
Indonesia's plan to cut its corporate income tax rate
Finance Ministry's new regulation related to the e-commerce industry
revisions related to the luxury tax on yachts
incentives for the repatriation of export earnings into Indonesia
Indonesia's plans to encourage investors to keep amnesty repatriations onshore

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