Report: Indonesian Government Plans To Impose Tax On Cryptocurrency Next Month

The government of Indonesia is reportedly devising a strategy to implement a tax of nearly 0.1% over the capital gains from the crypto investments along with a VAT (value-added tax), on digital asset transfers from 1st May onward.

As per a Friday report published on the behalf of Reuters, a spokesperson from the tax office of Indonesia – Hestu Yoga Saksama – stated that the country’s authorities will execute the implementation of VAT and income tax over crypto assets due to their status of being under the category of commodity rather than being a currency, as Indonesian Trade Ministry asserted.

Although the authorities are even now reported to be contemplating how to enforce these taxes, the legislation approved in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic provided the foundation for gathering revenue over crypto transfers. The Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency of the country (also called Bappebti) verified a report that during recent February, the crypto transfers across the country touched a level of 83.8T rupiah (approximately $5.8B).

Apart from this, the figure of people holding crypto has also escalated by up to 11% at 12.4M (which was formerly 11.2M in the recent year). It was previously reported that the government officials from Indonesia had thought about the imposition of tax over crypto transfers several times, hence they started to caution the residents regarding the utilization of crypto assets as a means of payments during 2014.

In 2020’s December, it was realized by Bappebti that there were more than 200 cryptos in the form of commodities the trading of which would be counted legal. In February of the previous year, it nominated 13 crypto exchanges to be certified crypto businesses and permitted them to carry on their trading activities throughout the country. Though the government of the country may be busy being ready to develop a legal agenda to cover cryptocurrencies, a chief role may be played on the behalf of the culture in digital assets’ mainstream adoption.

In recent November, as almost 87% out of the cumulative population of the country is denoted as Muslim, a group within the country taking account of Islamic scholars – called the National Ulema Council – mentioned that it was forbidden in line with the Islamic laws to utilize crypto as an instrument for transactions. Although the rulings of the council may signify means of legislative inspiration, no ultimate authority is occupied by them in the Indonesian legal system.

Leave a Comment