The Indonesian regulators consider imposing a tax on crypto transactions according to the reports by the Indonesia Commodity Futures Trade Regulatory Agency known as Bappebti so let’s read further in our latest cryptocurrency news today.
Bappebti is considering levying a tax on crypto transactions that are taking place on regulated exchanges in the country. Right now, 13 cryptocurrency exchanges fall under the Indonesian CFTR and the tax would be automatically applied by these platforms if approved as per the reports:
“It is currently [undergoing] internal review at Bappebti, then we will coordinate with the BKF.”
Sidharta Utama who is the head of the Bappebti added that the actual tax hadn’t been decided yet, while the BKF refers to the Indonesia Fiscal Policy Agency. The regulatory activity in Indonesia surged in the past six months as BTC and the rest of the market soared to new highs. In December 2020, the Indonesian Regulators issued a regulation recognizing 229 cryptocurrencies as legally tradeable commodities while still leaving an open door for other traders to suggest adding other coins to the list. The agency identified 13 trading platforms which are recognized as licensed entities.
The country originally warned against the use of crypto as means of payment in 2014 but by 2017 it introduced legislation that demanded the fintech companies register with the Bank of Indonesia to ensure that they aren’t using crypto in payment systems. The Chairman of the Indonesian Crypto Asset Traders Association, Teguh Kurniawan noted that the group he represented proposed a tax rate of 0.05% adding that the high tax rate could push people towards illegal channels when purchasing crypto. Kurniawan said:
“To date, there has been no feedback on the type of tax. We hope the tax rate will not be too high, [or] we fear that investors may turn to investing in crypto [assets] through illegal channels, which would be harmful.”
As recently reported, The South Korean Tax officers discovered digital assets belonging to 1566 users and heads of companies even those which were referred to as top tax delinquents across three crypto exchanges. The authorities seized $22 million in total from 676 of them in order to compensate unpaid taxes. About 118 people already paid $1.12 million in order to get their crypto back.