[INDONESIA] Tax on Grocery and Education Clarification by Government Tax General Directorate

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After hearing huge buzz of news that came out during the pandemic time, we found that Government is looking for a new fresh fund from Grocery Tax and Education Tax, but it was clarified quickly by Government Tax General Directorate with letter to all the tax payers in Indonesia.


[INDONESIAN Version]

Yth. Wajib Pajak, 

Terima kasih atas partisipasi Saudara selama ini dalam melakukan pembayaran pajak.

Berkenaan dengan maraknya pemberitaan mengenai pengenaan Pajak Pertambahan Nilai (PPN) atas sembako maupun jasa pendidikan di Indonesia dengan ini disampaikan bahwa berita yang beredar merupakan informasi yang tidak berasal dari sumber resmi pemerintah.

Saat ini pemerintah sedang fokus terhadap upaya penanggulangan Covid-19 dengan melakukan berbagai upaya untuk melindungi masyarakat dan menolong dunia usaha agar dapat bangkit dan pulih akibat pandemi.

Di tengah situasi pelemahan ekonomi akibat pandemi, pemerintah memandang perlu menyiapkan kerangka kebijakan perpajakan, di antaranya usulan perubahan pengaturan PPN.

Ada pun poin-poin penting usulan perubahan di antaranya adalah pengurangan berbagai fasilitas PPN karena dinilai tidak tepat sasaran dan untuk mengurangi distorsi; penerapan multitarif, dengan mengenakan tarif PPN yang lebih rendah daripada tarif umum misalnya atas barang-barang yang dikonsumsi masyarakat berpenghasilan menengah ke bawah; dan tarif PPN yang lebih tinggi daripada tarif umum untuk barang-barang yang tergolong mewah yang dikonsumsi masyarakat berpenghasilan tinggi. Bahkan untuk jenis barang tertentu akan dikenai PPN Final untuk tujuan kesederhanaan dan kemudahan.

Rencana ini akan dibahas lebih lanjut bersama DPR dan tentunya akan mendengarkan masukan dari seluruh pemangku kepentingan agar lebih baik dan adil, dengan tetap mengedepankan prinsip keadilan, gotong-royong, serta meningkatkan kontribusi kelompok yang mampu dengan kompensasi dan subsidi yang lebih tepat sasaran.

Demikian disampaikan. Selamat menjalankan aktifitas dengan terus menjaga protokol kesehatan.  

Terima kasih.

Salam,

Direktorat Penyuluhan, Pelayanan, dan Hubungan Masyarakat
Direktorat Jenderal Pajak


[English – Google Translation]

Dear. Taxpayer,

Thank you for your participation so far in making tax payments.

With regard to the widespread news regarding the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on basic necessities and education services in Indonesia, it is hereby conveyed that the circulating news is information that does not come from official government sources.

Currently, the government is focusing on efforts to contain Covid-19 by making various efforts to protect the public and help the business world to rise and recover from the pandemic.

In the midst of a weakening economy due to the pandemic, the government considers it necessary to prepare a tax policy framework, including the proposed changes to the VAT setting.

There are also important points in the proposed changes, including the reduction of various VAT facilities because they are considered not right on target and to reduce distortions; implementation of multi-tariff, by imposing a lower VAT rate than the general rate, for example on goods consumed by people with lower middle income; and a higher VAT rate than the general rate for luxury goods consumed by high-income people. Even certain types of goods will be subject to Final VAT for the purpose of simplicity and convenience.

This plan will be discussed further with the DPR and will of course listen to input from all stakeholders to make it better and fairer, while still prioritizing the principles of justice, mutual cooperation, and increasing the contribution of the affluent groups with more targeted compensation and subsidies.

We hereby conclude our points. Congratulations on carrying out activities by continuing to maintain health protocols.

Thank you.

Regards,

Directorate of Extension, Services, and Public Relations
Directorate General of Taxation

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