Indonesia sees a 62% fall in cryptocurrency tax revenue

Indonesia encountered a significant 62% reduction in its cryptocurrency tax revenue for the year 2023, notwithstanding the noteworthy appreciation of Bitcoin’s worth. Throughout the year, cryptocurrency transactions generated a cumulative tax revenue of $31.7 million. The purported cause of the decline is a 51% reduction in the total volume of cryptocurrency transactions.

In May 2022, the Indonesian government implemented a dual tax framework concerning cryptocurrency transactions. A combined quantity of 0.11% (income tax of 0.1 percent and value-added tax, or VAT) was imposed. In addition, local exchanges contributed approximately 0.04% to the national cryptocurrency exchange.

The Commodity Futures Trading Supervisory Agency (Bappebti), led by Sri Mulyani, has initiated communication with the Ministry of Finance regarding the assessment of implementing cryptocurrency taxes. Tirta Karma Senjaya, the head of the Market Development and Development Bureau at CoFTRA, emphasized the importance of conducting routine tax evaluations in light of the dynamic nature of cryptocurrencies.

Amidst the nascent stage of cryptocurrency regulations, shareholders expressed the necessity for a reassessment of the taxation system at the Indodax event commemorating its tenth anniversary in Jakarta. Regular tax assessments should be mandated, according to Tirta, in order to facilitate the taxation process.

In January, Suryo Utomo, the Director General of Taxes at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, disclosed that a cumulative sum of IDR 71.7 billion had been amassed through fintech service establishments and crypto taxation. According to the specifics, crypto taxes generated IDR 39.13 billion, and fintech taxes generated IDR 32.59 billion. The cumulative state revenue from crypto and fintech taxation throughout the entire year of 2023 was IDR 1.11 trillion.

Regarding local exchanges, they have expressed concern over increased taxation that directly impacts revenues. To promote development and equilibrium in the cryptocurrency sector in Indonesia, they propose that crypto taxation be limited to income tax. Utilizing Crypto tax calculators can assist taxpayers in accurately calculating their liabilities and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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