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  • Tax Amnesty Program Indonesia: First Phase Extended?

    Tax Amnesty Program Indonesia: First Phase Extended?

    According to reports in Indonesian media, President Joko Widodo is willing to extend the deadline for the first phase of the government's tax amnesty program. Originally, this first phase, which sets the most attractive tax rates for those who decide to declare previously undeclared assets and - if desired - repatriate their offshore assets into Indonesia, was designed to end on 30 September 2016. Rosan Roslani, Chairman of Indonesia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia), said Widodo is willing to extend the deadline on request of Indonesia's business community.

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  • Tax Amnesty Program of Indonesia Reviewed by Constitutional Court

    Tax Amnesty Program of Indonesia Reviewed by Constitutional Court

    Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati was at a court hearing in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/09) to defend the legality of the nation's tax amnesty program. In July 2016 legal activists, gathered within the One Justice Foundation (Yayasan Satu Keadilan) and Indonesian People's Struggle Union (Serikat Perjuangan Rakyat Indonesia), filed for a judicial review at the Constitutional Court claiming that the program turns money laundering into a legal practice, protects criminals, teaches Indonesian citizens not to pay taxes, and constitutes an unfair program from a social point of view.

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  • Update Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program, Singapore Banks to Police

    Update Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program: Singapore Banks to Police

    The first period of Indonesia’s tax amnesty program is almost completed. This first period, which runs from July to 31 September 2016, offers the most attractive tax rates to those taxpayers who have not fulfilled their tax obligations in recent years. Through the government’s tax amnesty program they can declare previously undeclared assets and – if they have assets abroad (for example in the so-called tax havens) – they are encouraged to repatriate these funds into Indonesia through attractive tax incentives and immunity from prosecution, a move that met resistance in Singapore.

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  • Bank Indonesia Pessimistic about Fruits of Tax Amnesty Program

    Bank Indonesia Pessimistic about Fruits of Tax Amnesty Program

    The governor of Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia), Agus Martowardojo, stated that he has become highly skeptical about the government's tax amnesty program that was launched in July. At a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday (07/09), Martowardojo said the central bank only expects to see IDR 21 billion (approx. USD $1.6 billion) in additional tax revenue through the amnesty program for the state and only USD $13.8 billion in repatriated funds. These new projections are significantly below the central bank's earlier projections.

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  • Update of Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program: Big Taxpayers Join

    Update of Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program: Big Taxpayers Join

    A total of 62 "big taxpayers" have joined Indonesia's tax amnesty program. According to local media their participation has resulted in a total of IDR 41.2 trillion (approx. USD $3.1 billion) worth of fund declarations and IDR 902 billion (approx. USD $68 million) in additional state revenue (tax). Meanwhile, the Tax Directorate General said there are more big Indonesian taxpayers ready to join the program. The tax office has formed a special team that calls the country's large businessmen on a daily basis to remind them about the tax amnesty program and their tax obligations.

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  • Three Giant Businessmen Join Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program

    Three Giant Businessmen Join Indonesia's Tax Amnesty Program

    The ambitious tax amnesty program of the Indonesian government received support from three influential Indonesian businessmen. The first, James Riady, Chief Executive of the Lippo Group (and son of Mochtar Riady, the founding father of this huge conglomerate), joined the program by handing over his tax declaration documents to Indonesia's Tax Office on Friday (02/09). This declaration took place in front of an audience consisting of Indonesian press and therefore may cause some momentum for the controversial program that experienced a sloppy start.

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  • A Package of Cigarettes to Cost IDR 50,000 in Indonesia?

    A Package of Cigarettes to Cost IDR 50,000 in Indonesia?

    The Finance Ministry of Indonesia will study whether the price of a package of cigarettes can be raised to IDR 50,000 (approx. USD $3.8), almost twice as high as the current average price of a package of cigarettes in Indonesia. The price hike would help the government to reduce a looming tax shortfall and discourage people from consuming their death sticks. The Tobacco Atlas estimates that there are 53.7 million active adult smokers and 2.6 million active youth smokers in Indonesia. Hence, Indonesia is the third-largest cigarette consumer (after China and Russia).

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  • Fiscal Credibility: Indonesia's Tax Target Realistic in 2017 Budget Draft

    Fiscal Credibility: Indonesia's Tax Target Realistic in 2017 Budget Draft

    Indonesia has finally become more realistic in terms of setting its tax revenue target. In the 2017 State Budget draft proposal that was sent for approval by the central government to Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) earlier this week, it set the 2017 tax revenue target at IDR 1,271.7 trillion (approx. USD $97.1 billion), down 3.6 percent from the target of IDR 1,318.9 trillion worth of tax revenue in the 2016 budget. A more realistic tax revenue target will enhance Indonesia's fiscal credibility.

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  • Tax Haven in Indonesia? Corporate Income Tax Indonesia Slashed?

    Tax Haven in Indonesia? Corporate Income Tax Indonesia Slashed?

    The government of Indonesia selected two islands - Resort islands Bintan and Rempang, situated near Singapore - as the possible location for its tax haven (a low-tax jurisdiction that should prevent Indonesian taxpayers from moving their assets to other countries in search of more attractive tax rates, while non-residents will also be able to establish so-called shell companies). Currently, a significant portion of Indonesian funds flow to offshore financial centers in Singapore, Mauritius, British Virgin Islands and Panama.

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  • Corporate Income Tax Indonesia to Be Cut in 2017?

    Corporate Income Tax Indonesia to Be Cut in 2017?

    Indonesia is still planning to revise the nation's tax tariff system, specifically corporate income tax and value-added tax (VAT). Indonesia's corporate income tax rate could be cut to 17 percent, from 25 percent currently. The plans were confirmed this week by Indonesian President Joko Widodo as well as Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. Lowering Indonesia's corporate income tax to 17 percent - matching Singapore's tariff - would make it more attractive for investors to move, or keep, their business in Indonesia.

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  • How to Arrange Your Electronic Filing (EFIN) to File Online Tax Reports in Indonesia?

    How to Activate Your Electronic Filing (EFIN) to File Online Tax Reports in Indonesia?

    More and more processes are being shifted online as this, generally, allows processes to become more efficient and easier to complete. This also applies to Indonesia's tax office. Over the past couple of years, tax can be filed online by legal entities and individuals. However, before an individual of company can file the tax online, he - or it - first needs to obtain an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN).

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  • Interview with SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants: Some Insights on Indonesia’s Tax System

    Interview with SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants: Insights on Indonesia’s Tax System

    Tax is not everybody’s favourite topic of conversation. Nonetheless, it is a crucial subject both for the legal entity and the individual as various taxes need to be filed to authorities. Trying to escape from paying (higher) taxes is a risky affair and can lead to serious sanctions. Similarly, innocent mistakes can also cause problems with tax officials and therefore is it advised to invest some time in understanding the tax system. This advice particularly applies to those who move to different jurisdictions – to work and/or live - as tax regulations may not be the same as the regulations in their home country.

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  • Tax Reforms & Incentives: Adjusting Tax Rates to Strengthen the Indonesian Economy

    Tax Reforms & Incentives: Adjusting Tax Rates to Strengthen the Indonesian Economy

    While reforms related to Indonesia’s corporate income tax rates remain in the planning stage, there is a new important regulation that will come into effect per 1 April 2019. Through Finance Ministry Regulation No. 210/PMK.010/2018 on the Taxation of Trade Transactions through Electronic System or E-commerce, which was signed on 31 December 2018, Indonesia will require e-commerce merchants (sellers) to share data with tax authorities and pay VAT and income taxes.

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  • Investment in Indonesia: Investors Await Tax Incentives & Tax Holiday

    Investment in Indonesia: Investors Await Tax Incentives & Tax Holiday

    Investors are awaiting a series of fiscal incentives from the Indonesian government, including a new tax holiday. Meanwhile, investors also urge the government to improve the investment and business climate by simplifying the process and procedures to obtain permits for investment projects. This also includes improving the coordination between central and regional authorities, for example through the integration of the permitting process at both levels.

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  • Looking Back at 2017: Success & Failure of State Budget Targets

    Looking Back at 2017: Success & Failure of State Budget Targets

    Although realization of most components in Indonesia's state budget have improved in 2017, tax revenue realization and the management of energy subsidies remain the two big challenges for the Indonesian government. Southeast Asia's largest economy again failed to meet its tax revenue target last year. Per 31 December 2017 it collected IDR 1,151.5 trillion (approx. USD $85.3 billion) in tax revenue, only 89.74 percent of the target (excluding customs and excise).

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  • Tax Revenue Indonesia: Another Tax Shortfall Expected in 2018

    Tax Revenue Indonesia: Another Tax Shortfall Expected in 2018

    Indonesia may see a IDR 120 trillion (approx. USD $8.8 billion) tax shortfall in 2017. The Indonesian government set a IDR 1,472.7 trillion (approx. USD $109 billion) tax revenue target (including customs and duties) in full-year 2017. However, up to 15 December only IDR 1,211.5 trillion has been collected. Traditionally Indonesia delivers a tax shortfall at the end of the year. This is expected to continue in 2018.

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  • Government to Revise Indonesia's Tobacco Excise Tax Policy

    Government to Revise Indonesia's Tobacco Excise Tax Policy

    Every year Indonesia's Tax Office adjusts the excise tax on tobacco products. The adjustment is always made in consideration of the central government's tax revenue targets as well as the input of specific stakeholders (including pro-health lobby groups, or groups that defend the interests of tobacco manufacturers or farmers).

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  • Electronic Tax Payments Re-regulated by Indonesian Tax Authority

    Electronic Tax Payments Re-regulated by Indonesian Tax Authority

    Recently, the Director General of Taxes (DG Tax) issued regulation number PER-05/PJ/2017 concerning Electronic Tax Payments (New Regulation). The New Regulation replaces DG Tax regulation number PER-26/PJ/2014 (Old Regulation), which also regulated electronic tax payments. The New Regulation aims to simplify the procedures for electronic payments which pertain to tax payments in US Dollar and administration of land and building taxes.

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