- Blogging facility provides a bridge between taxpayers and the tax office
- Aims to collect US$3.38 billion in tax this year
INDONESIAN integrated online tax platform OnlinePajak launches a guest blogging feature on their website for tax bloggers and journalists to share their writing.
“We provide this platform for tax bloggers and journalists to share their concerns on the Indonesian tax system or current situation. Our core value is to put forward every tax procedure in a simplified way,” said PT Achilles Advanced System (OnlinePajak) director Charles Guinot (pic, right).
The guest blogging feature allows writers to post articles with unique content on OnlinePajak’s website (https://www.online-pajak.com/id ). It offers benefits to writers by allowing OnlinePajak’s users to read and obtain information about taxation from their articles.
“We are not the experts in taxation, so we bridge the experts to our users for an information exchange,” he adds.
Interesting articles will be shared on OnlinePajak’s social media and to add more credibility, profiles of writers or contributors will be available on the website.
However, writers are not allowed to post any external links that are not related to the article or include provoking content.
OnlinePajak is the first government technology (Govtech) platform which aims to get over 10,000 companies per month to file their tax returns and pay their taxes.
“This platform targets corporate taxpayers due the complicated tax filing and paying procedure in Indonesia,” he says.
By the end of 2016, OnlinePajak had collected 2.7 trillion rupiah (US$202.7 million) worth of tax money from 300,000 corporate taxpayers, including conglomerates Astra International, e-commerce player Tokopedia, local champion Go-Jek, and retailer Kawan Lama Group.
Improving the tax system
Association of Young Indonesian Businessmen (HIPMI) tax centre chairman Ajib Hamdani says that young Indonesian entrepreneurs don’t really know about tax regulations in the country.
“There needs to be a bridge between the tax office and payers so information about taxation will be delivered clearly,” he says.
Indonesia has only about 30 million registered taxpayers from a total of 93.7 million registered working citizens according to data from the country’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
Of the 30 million registered tax payers, only about 63% pay their taxes and report their incomes, according to the Ministry of Finance. According to the authorities the awareness of the taxation system in Indonesia is very low.
Guinot is aiming for OnlinePajak to collect 45 trillion rupiah (US$3.38 billion) in taxes by this year, which makes up 3% of the government’s target.
However, Ajib thinks that to reach this target, it is not only the government’s responsibility but also the taxpayers’.
“The government has the responsibility to make and adjust regulations, while tax officers have to provide the right information, and payers should get this information.
“I hope that OnlinePajak will be able to connect and help tax payers in processing their tax payments so it will lead to better result in achieving the target,” he concludes.
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