Tokopedia CEO Talks of E-Commerce Tax Policy

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaTokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya said that the issuance of e-commerce tax generated an issue as if online traders did not pay tax. While in fact, William added, Indonesia applied self-assessment system for its tax payment.

    “Who can guarantee that traders in markets have a real revenue of Rp200 million, not Rp1 billion? Reports misuse is possible to happen,” said William as quoted from a special interview published in Majalah Tempo edition of January 28-February 3, 2019.

    The Finance Ministerial Decree No. 210/PMK.010/2018 concerning the taxation of trade transaction through the electronic system or e-commerce has been issued on December 31, 2018. The policy, which is inked by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, will take effect on April 1, 2019.

    William explained that online transaction through market place or online shopping actually formalizes the informality of trading, which means it helps to record the selling and revenue well that can be accessed periodically.

    Thus, William opined, the regulation should be adjusted especially for traders on e-commerce because if online entrepreneurs are hindered to run business with requirements of ID card and tax identification number (NPWP), this will become a barrier of entry.

    He further explained that Tokopedia had applied verification system using ID card and NPWP as to verify traders and gain more trust. “Without a force, because they need to,” William added.

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