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  • De-register tax ID when leaving the country?

    Dear Fellow members,


    I have a question and hope to receive some useful info... I have been working for some time in INDO and have been laid off due to COVID last July 2020. I moved 1 month after back to Europe and changed my official/registered address back in my home country. Now a week ago, I received by email a letter from the tax department to file my tax returns for 2020, which is been taken care off.

    Now my question here is as follows... Will I keep receiving requests from the tax department to file for income taxes for all subsequent years, even though I am not living there anymore or having any source of income?

    I heard some people say you should de-register your tax ID card when leaving the country, but this seems to require some paperwork and time... Some other people say they have not de-registered, as they moved and have no income to declare in Indonesia. However, they are still in the system and suspect liable to file for income tax returns?

    Does anyone know someone or found themselves in a similar situation? Please feel free to share your opinion and advice.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Best regards,


    GWDO

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    Originally posted by Gweedo123 View Post
    (1)...Will I keep receiving requests from the tax department to file for income taxes for all subsequent years,...

    (2)...However, they are still in the system and suspect liable to file for income tax returns?...

    (1) Yes , probably .

    (2) Yes , probably .

    From my own experience : I went (more than 5 years ago) to my specific Tax Office to cancel the tax number (NPWP) in order to avoid doing the Tax Return Report every year . The officer told me that he could not cancel , but instead I should request for its deactivation , and so I did . It was easy and quick (I mean the request , the actual deactivation took some time) , but when I asked about doing also the same to my wife's number , the officer told me that she should do it herself by bringing her identity card and tax number (I could not do it for her) . The process is still more or less the same , as a friend of mine also did it few weeks ago .

    By having an active tax number , you are required to do the annual tax return report , otherwise you will have to pay a fine (I don't know exactly , but in my 2008's tax book the fine was Rp100'000 - I guess they update the value from time to time) .

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