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  • Stimulus Measures Indonesia: Tax Incentive Revaluation Fixed Assets

    Stimulus Measures Indonesia: Tax Incentive Revaluation Fixed Assets

    Effective immediately, the government of Indonesia introduced a new tax incentive that makes it more attractive for companies to revalue their fixed assets. Previously, companies had to pay a ten percent tax on the company's fixed asset growth. As a result, companies tended to refrain from increasing the level of fixed assets resulting in limited tax revenue. The Indonesian Finance Ministry said that companies will only have to pay 3 percent tax on the increased amount, provided that they submit their proposals for fixed asset revaluation before the end of this year.

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  • Indonesia Plans Tax Cuts to Curb Rupiah Volatility and Boost Economic Growth

    Indonesia Plans Tax Cuts to Curb Rupiah Volatility and Boost Economic Growth

    Indonesia plans to cut taxes for local exporters in a bid to boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves, while supporting the rupiah, as part of its second policy package. Indonesia’s rupiah has depreciated 18.1 percent since the start of 2015 due to looming higher US interest rates, low commodity prices, and China’s yuan devaluation. The government now plans to cut income tax on interest that exporters earn when depositing their export proceeds in local banks. Currently, income tax on bank interest (from deposit accounts) stands at 20 percent.

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  • Bank Indonesia Set to Announce Policy Package to Support Rupiah

    Bank Indonesia Set to Announce Policy Package to Support Rupiah

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) is set to announce the second installment of a policy package that aims at raising onshore US dollar supplies (and liquidity). As the rupiah has been the second worst-performing Asian emerging market currency (after Malaysia’s ringgit), having depreciated 18.1 percent against the US dollar so far in 2015, Indonesian policymakers are anxious to prop up the ailing currency in order to safeguard the country’s financial stability. Bank Indonesia's benchmark rupiah rate (Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate, abbreviated JISDOR) stood at IDR 14,690 per US dollar on Friday (25/09), a 17-year low.

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  • Indonesia Introduces Tighter Regulations Regarding Tax Deductible Interest Payments

    Indonesia Introduces Tighter Regulations Regarding Tax Deductible Interest Payments

    Starting per 1 January 2016, Indonesian companies’ interest payments to lenders are no longer considered tax deductible in case the company’s debt amounts to over four times its equity. Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said such a tighter regulation regarding corporate debt financing will make it less attractive for local companies to accumulate debt, while strengthening the company's equity structure.

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  • Economic Policy Package: Indonesian Government to Revise Luxury Tax for Houses

    Economic Policy Package: Indonesian Government to Revise Luxury Tax for Houses

    In line with the recently unveiled economic policy package, Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that the government plans to revise its luxury tax policy for houses. Currently, houses worth over IDR 2 billion (approx. USD $140,000) are subject to a 20 percent luxury tax. The government now plans to raise this threshold to IDR 10 billion (approx. USD $700,000). Indonesia’s luxury tax was introduced in Suharto’s New Order regime in an effort to curtail inequality within Indonesia’s society.

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  • Difficult to Meet Indonesia’s 2015 Excise and Customs Duties Revenue Target

    Difficult to Meet Indonesia’s 2015 Excise and Customs Duties Revenue Target

    From 1 January 2015 to the first week of September, Indonesia only managed to collect IDR 103.7 trillion (approx. USD $7.2 billion) in excise and customs duties revenue, or 53 percent of the full-year target (IDR 195 trillion) set in the Revised 2015 State Budget. As such, it is highly unlikely that this year’s government target will be met. Heru Pambudi, Director General of the Finance Ministry's Directorate General of Customs and Excise, said it is more likely that 95 percent of the target will be achieved, adding that the bulk of revenue comes from tobacco excise, followed by alcoholic beverages.

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  • Indonesia's Budget Deficit Estimated to Reach 2.2% of GDP in 2015

    Indonesia's Budget Deficit Estimated to Reach 2.2% of GDP in 2015

    Indonesia's budget deficit could rise to 2.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015 (from a projected 1.9 percent of GDP) as the government's tax revenue may fall short of its target. Based on the revised 2015 State Budget, the government targets to collect IDR 1,489 trillion (approx. USD $110 billion) worth of tax money this year. However, as of August 2015 tax revenue collection stood at 45.8 percent of the 2015 target (or approx. IDR 593 trillion).

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  • Boosting Indonesia’s Economic Growth: Tax Incentives Awarded to 4 Companies

    Boosting Indonesia’s Economic Growth: Tax Incentives Awarded to 4 Firms

    Ogan Komering Ilir Pulp & Paper Mills (OKI), a unit of the Sinar Mas Group, has been granted a tax holiday by the Indonesian government for a period of eight years. Other companies that were awarded tax incentives are Unilever Oleochemical Indonesia, Petrokimia Butadine Indonesia, and Energi Sejahtera Mas. Through these incentives the government of Indonesia aims to make Indonesia more attractive for long-term investment thus boosting the nation’s sluggish economic growth.

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  • Indonesian Finance Ministry Extends Tax Incentive Pioneering Industries

    Indonesian Finance Ministry Extends Tax Incentive Pioneering Industries

    Today, the Indonesian government announced it extended a tax incentive for “pioneering” industries. This term refers to those industries that are considered key industries that cause a multiplier effect in the Indonesian economy (hence boosting economic) and provide employment opportunities for the local population. Examples of such industries are oil refinery, infrastructure, maritime transport, telecommunications, downstream metal production and agriculture processing. The extended incentive is effective per 16 August 2015.

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  • State Budget 2016 Indonesia: Budget Deficit at 1.9-2.0% of GDP

    State Budget 2016 Indonesia: Budget Deficit at 1.9-2.0% of GDP

    The Indonesian government targets to narrow the budget deficit to between 1.9 and 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 from a projected budget deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP in 2015. Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Monday (06/07) that in 2016 the government will continue to prioritize spending on infrastructure development as well as energy and food. President Joko Widodo is scheduled to officially announce the 2016 State Budget in a speech in front of parliament on 16 August 2015.

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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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