Government targets 16.6% tax revenue growth in 2019
The government is targeting Rp 1.51 quadrillion (US$99.29 billion) in tax revenues for 2019, or 16.67 percent higher than this year’s target.
Meanwhile, it has set a 12.11 percent tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio.
“We have implemented tax amnesty. It was an initial step. We also have access to banking data. The AEOI [Automatic Exchange of Information] is already to be implemented,” tax revenue and compliance director Yon Arsal of the Taxation Directorate General said on Monday in Jakarta.
“We will carry out tax reform based on the problems that occurred in the past and on the results of our evaluation,” he added as reported by kontan.co.id.
Yon said the government would focus on enhancing tax services, such as simplifying taxpayer registration, opening more service outlets and expanding the coverage of its e-filling facility.
He added that the government would tighten taxpayer supervision, implement the AEOI and enforce the regulation on access to financial information that authorizes the tax office to access taxpayers’ bank accounts.
“The AEOI will be implemented in a credible and accountable manner,” said Yon.
He also said that the tax office would follow up on its tax amnesty findings to intensify collecting taxes from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through the business development service (BDS), a joint program with the customs and excise office and to improve the quality of taxpayer data.
He assured that law enforcement measures against non-compliant taxpayers would be implemented fairly and transparently.
Improvements in human resource quality and information technology would further support the tax office’s efforts to achieve its target, he added. (bbn)