Economic Policy Package: Tax Incentive to USD Deposit Tax Reducing

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 2 Oktober 2015
Category: News
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Minister of Finance BambangBrodjonegoro talked with Cabinet Secretary PramonoAnung before announcing Policy Package II September 2015, on Tuesday (29/9) afternoon, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta.

Minister of Finance Bambang Brodjonegoro delivered four points related to the Second Economic Policy Package September 2015 on Finance sector. First, regarding the approval on tax allowance and tax holiday. Government Regulation and Finance Ministry Regulation (PMK) regulating tax allowance and tax holiday have been issued.

“After all requirements are completed, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Directorate General of Taxation of the Ministry of Finance will finish the process for a period not exceeding 25 days. Twenty five days after requirements are completed and the application is submitted, the decision whether the investment could receive tax allowance or not is available,” the Minister said to reporters on Tuesday (29/9) at the Presidential Office, Jakarta.

Regarding tax holiday, considering it needs more verification, the time to validate the data, according to the Minister, will not exceed45 days after the requirements are completed. The Minister further said that his ministry would coordinate with the Head of BKPM to adjust the Head of BKPM regulation regarding the deadline.

The Minister also said that the Government Regulation Number 69 of 2015 on Exemption of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Import and Delivery of Specific Means of Transportation and Taxable Services Related to Certain Means of Transportation that are Free of Value Added Tax (VAT)has been issued recently.

“The point is, the Government Regulation gives an incentive, which is VAT is not levied for several means of transportation, especially for ships, trains and planes, including the spare parts,” Minister Bambang said and added that the incentive has been waited by the owner of docks since several years ago.

The Minister believes the Government Regulation issuance makes production costs of Indonesian ships, particularly fishing ship and Navy patrol ship, customs and excises ship, transport ship and other ships more competitive.

“It was mentioned in the first policy package but we will emphasize that the regulation is issued, that means the industry could take advantage optimally,” Minister Bambang said.

Related to logistics centre, the Minister explained that Government Regulation on Bonded Logistics Centre is ready, and will be signed or enacted by the President.

Later on, he explained that the point is that the government hopes to provide more efficient industry facilities. For example, with national logistics centre, a logistics center for input goods from manufacture, it makes Indonesia manufacture companies do not have to import goods from overseas and could take the goods from bonded warehouse called bonded logistic center nowadays.

“By the end of this year, two bonded logistic centers are expected to be ready to take benefit of this facility; one bonded logistic which on manufacturing sector is located in Cikarang area and another one related to fuels is located in Merak, Banten,” the Minister added.

Finally, the Government also gives incentive on deposit interest reduction, particularly for the exporters who reported their foreign exchange earnings from exports to Bank Indonesia.

“Thus, if someone who conduct export reports the foreign exchange earnings from exports (DHE) values and they want to save the DHE in a form of deposit, for example deposit in USD, deposit interest rate which apply normally is 20 percent. However, if the DHE value in USD will save in Indonesia banking in a form of deposit for one month, the deposit interest rate will be reduced to 10 percent,” the Minister said.

So, if the DHE value is saved for one month, the deposit interest rate will be reduced from 20 percent to 10 percent, if the DHE value is saved for three months, the deposit interest rate will be reduced to 7.5 percent, 2.5 percent in six months and 0 percent or free from deposit interest if it is saved more than six months.

“That case apply if the DHE value is saved in USD and in Indonesia banking. If the value is converted to Rupiah, the deposit interest rate for 1 month is 7.5 percent, 5 percent in three months; 0 percent in six months,” the Minister said.

Bambang asserted that the decision of value have became the results of government coordination with Bank Indonesia.

”We surely expect the exporters, particularly on Indonesian natural resources, want to save the DHE in Indonesia banking which has supported by interesting facilities,” Bambang said, adding there is a reporting mechanism because deposit interest rate reducing only apply on the saving related to foreign exchange earnings from exports which is its details are always reported by the exporters to Bank Indonesia. (UN/RAH/ES)(RAS/EP/YMNaster/Sy)

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