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Indonesia will not require wealth repatriati­on: minister


Indonesia will not require taxpayers to repatriate wealth back home as part of a tax amnesty initiative expected to be implemente­d by the end of this year, a senior cabinet minister said on Wednesday.

The comments by Coordinati­ng Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan come after private bankers in Singapore, where the Indonesian tax office estimates around 3,000 trillion rupiah ($220.83 billion) of Indonesian assets are parked, said their clients were worried about the amnesty plan.

“This one is not only about collecting money from outside, but the very important one is to strengthen our database on tax so by next year we can see much more tax revenue,” Panjaitan told reporters.

Taxpayers disclosing their wealth in the first three months of the amnesty will be taxed at 2 percent, Panjaitan said, adding that the rate would rise to 4 percent in the following three months and go up to 6 percent at the end of 2016, when the amnesty programme finishes.

That compares to the current tax rate for individual income at 5-30 percent, and for company profits at 20-25 percent. Panjaitan said those set rates would be lowered after the tax amnesty period ends. (RTRS)

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