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Indonesia - Overview and introduction

Indonesia - Overview and introduction

Taxation of international executives

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Taxation of international executives

Indonesia - utilizes the self-assessment method for individuals to calculate, settle and report income tax. The tax authorities have the right to audit any tax return to ensure the individual has correctly calculated the tax payable, within the 5-year statute of limitations.

For Indonesian-sourced income, there is an extensive framework of withholding taxes so that income tax is often collected by deduction at the source, for example in relation to employment income, interest, dividends, royalties, rent, income from sales of property, and listed shares.

The extent of Indonesian income tax liability depends upon the individual’s residence status in Indonesia. An Indonesian tax resident is defined as being present in Indonesia for more than 183 days within any 12-month period and/or present in Indonesia during a tax year with the intention of residing in Indonesia. Resident individuals are taxed on their worldwide income, regardless of where such income arises or for whom work or services are performed. Non-resident individuals are exempted from the worldwide income reporting obligation and tax is imposed only on income derived in Indonesia.

Deductions are limited to individual personal allowances.

Starting 1 January 2009, income of a resident individual that exceeds the non-taxable income threshold for a calendar year is subject to income tax at progressive rates ranging from 5 percent to 30 percent. Income of a non-resident individual is subject to income tax at a flat rate of 20 percent of gross income.

Income tax is calculated and paid in the official currency Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Amounts in other currencies are converted for tax purposes into Rupiah using exchange rates published weekly by the Ministry of Finance.

Individual tax registration has only been widely enforced since 2001. As a result, there are uncertainties relating to individual taxes which have not yet been tested during tax audits or clarified in regulations or official guidance.

Hereafter “host country/territory” refers to the country/territory to which the employee is assigned. ”Home country/territory” refers to the country/territory where the assignee lives when they are not on assignment.

© 2019 PT KPMG Advisory Indonesia, an Indonesian limited liability company and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.

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