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UPDATE 1-Indonesia has reached tax deal with Google for 2016, finmin says
2017年6月13日 / 凌晨5点56分 / 5 个月前

UPDATE 1-Indonesia has reached tax deal with Google for 2016, finmin says

    * Indonesia and Google have been in tax row for months
    * Indonesia finmin declines to disclose settlement amount
    * Governments are chasing tech companies for tax avoidance

 (Adds no immediate response from Google, other details)
    By Hidayat Setiaji and Eveline Danubrata
    JAKARTA, June 13 (Reuters) - Indonesia has reached a tax
settlement with Alphabet Inc's           Google for 2016, the
country's finance minister said, following a months-long dispute
over allegations that the search giant had not made enough
annual payments to the government.
    A senior tax official had said in September that Indonesia,
Southeast Asia's biggest economy, planned to pursue Google for
five years of back taxes and the company could face a bill of
more than $400 million for 2015 alone if it were found to have
avoided payments.                          
    "We already have an agreement with them based on 2016. But
we can't disclose the figure," Indonesia Finance Minister Sri
Mulyani Indrawati told reporters on Tuesday.
    It was unclear if both sides were still locking horns over
Google's taxes for other years.
    Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    Indonesia is eager to ramp up tax collection to narrow its
budget deficit and fund an ambitious infrastructure programme.
Other governments around the world are also seeking to clamp
down on what they see as corporate tax avoidance.
    Last year, Google agreed to pay 130 million pounds ($164
million) in back taxes to settle a probe by Britain's tax
authority, while Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax
collection rules for internet and technology firms.            
    According to Indonesian tax officials, most of Google's
revenue generated in the country is booked at its Asia Pacific
headquarters in Singapore. 
    They also estimated that total advertising revenue for the
industry in Indonesia was around $830 million, with Google and
Facebook Inc        accounting for around 70 percent of that.
    But Google has pointed to a joint study by the company and
Singapore state investor Temasek that estimated the size of
Indonesia's digital advertising market at $300 million for 2015.
    Senior executives from Google's Asia Pacific headquarters
also met Indonesian tax officials in October to discuss its tax
bill, a person with knowledge of the matter said.             
 ($1 = 0.7908 pounds)

 (Reporting by Hidayat Setiaji and Eveline Danubrata; Editing by
Himani Sarkar)

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