Gender-Based Taxation to Be Discussed in G20 Presidency



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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaGender-based taxation is set to be one of the topics of discussions in this year’s G20 meeting agendas by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    Wempi Saputra, the Finance Ministry’s expert staffer for macro economy and international finance, on Friday said ,“For the first time, tax and gender will be discussed by the OECD under the international taxation agenda at the G20 presidency.”

    This type of taxation will incentivize women but has not been implemented in Indonesia. To illustrate this issue, he said it would benefit women who work and later on get pregnant and must take maternity leave, which is not covered by a tax incentive. “Meanwhile, the woman’s income is reduced.”

    Such a policy is hoped to provide affirmations for women who will later on opt to give birth but may possibly not have insurance. 

    “What is an example of this gender and tax? Well, if they are pregnant and later on give birth, their income must remain full and given the affirmations to receive fair treatment,” he added. 

    Saputra said other ideas and suggestions involve childcare that is facilitated by the government. All of these ideas, he said, will be discussed in G20 meetings. Gender-based taxation is somewhat uncommon in developing countries. 

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