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`Fiskal' phaseout fine in Jakarta, but hits snags across the country

  • Multa Fidrus,

    The Jakarta Post,

Tangerang   /   Sat, January 3 2009   /  10:32 am

While the exit tax exemption procedure ran smoothly on the first days of its implementation at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, many travelers at other gateways were forced to cancel their trips after failing to show their tax numbers (NPWP). "On the first day of the fiskal-free policy (for registered taxpayers) implementation at the airport, 1,312 out of 4,000 travelers going overseas got the exemption," Agus Purnomo Adi, head of East Jakarta tax office, said Friday at the airport. He said tax officials faced minimal problems in implementing the new policy, with most travelers surprised at the exemption. "Many brought money to pay the exit tax, but when they arrived at this office they were told they didn't have to pay if they had an NPWP," he said. However, Antara reported the number of people crossing from Batam to Singapore dropp...