One of business owner’s biggest concerns when they set up a company in Indonesia is ensuring they adhere to the correct working practices and that means paying the correct taxes and VAT.
Many new business owners ask whether or not they need to register for VAT and this depends on a few different factors, but before we get there, lets clarify what it is and who it is relevant too.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax imposed on most goods and services within Indonesia. The standard rate is 10%. However, some goods and services are charged at different rates ranging from 5 – 15% in accordance with Indonesian Regulations. It should be noted that Indonesia levies a separate GST on the sale of luxury items which ranges between 10% and 50%.
The Indonesian VAT registration threshold is IDR 4.8 billion sales per annum. Paper-based applications for VAT registrations should be submitted to the regional tax office of the business. Once registered, the tax payer is granted a Tax Identification Number (TIN) of 15 digits.
As well as different VAT rates, some business services are subject to 0% VAT, which as of 1st April 2019 includes:
Services connected to movable goods, utilised outside of the Customs Area that comprise:
Services connected to immovable goods located outside of the Customs Area in the form of consultation services for construction.
Other services where the output is utilized outside of the Customs Area and utilization is based on a request from an overseas recipient. These services comprise:
THE STEPS INVOLVED DURING THE VAT REGISTRATION PROCESS ARE :