JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is drafting new rules to impose value added tax to online products and services provided by offshore companies, as authorities target a bigger slice of revenue from the country’s fast-growing digital market, a top tax official told Reuters.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country with 260 million people and, according to a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings, the value of its internet economy reached $27 billion last year and is poised to grow to $100 billion by 2025.
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John Hutagaol, a tax department official, said while a global debate continued on how best to tax corporate income in this area it was generally accepted that VAT, or in some cases sales tax, could be placed on digital goods and services.
“It’s the low hanging fruit and can be applied as per every country’s rules,” said Hutagaol, who heads the...
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