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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to require vehicle stickers for tax evaders

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 21, 2018   /   07:13 pm
Jakarta to require vehicle stickers for tax evaders An influx of residents rush to pay late vehicle taxes and fees for vehicle ownership documents at the Cikokol Vehicle Document Registration Center (Samsat) in Tangerang, Banten. ( Panduwinata)

The Jakarta Tax and Levy Agency is planning to put special stickers on vehicles owned by those who have not paid their taxes.

The head of the North Jakarta and Thousand Islands management unit for vehicle taxes and vehicle ownership transfer fees, Robert L. Tobing, said the policy would be enforced to shame those who had not paid their vehicle taxes.

“It will be a deterrent effect for people to see [stickers indicating that] there are those who have not paid their taxes. Other kinds of taxes, such as land and building taxes or restaurant [taxes], already have billboard warnings,” Robert said on Wednesday, reported.

He said the agency was still discussing issues related to the matter, such as where to place the stickers.

“We haven’t enforced it because we are still discussing things like the sticker type, the sticker appearance and where they would be placed. If the stickers were on the body of the vehicle, the owners might get angry, but on the windshield, perhaps not,” Robert said.

He said the policy would be enforced by the end of the year at shopping malls or other crowded places and that the agency’s officers already had a smartphone app that could detect whether a vehicle’s taxes had been paid.

“Nowadays, we carry [our equipment] everywhere. Even if we are far away [from the office], we can check whether the taxes of a vehicle have been paid for or not. Just type in the license plate and it [the information] will come out,” Robert said. (ami)