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Since the rollout of fintech and crypto transaction taxes in May, Indonesia has amassed nearly $6.8 million, according to the nation’s tax compliance special staffer Yon Arsal.

During a recent retail conference, Arsal expressed his optimism that the figure would surge because the taxation was at the initial stages. 

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The Indonesian finance ministry imposed a value-added tax (VAT) of 0.1% on crypto-assets purchases on May 1 this year. 

The Indonesian administration decided to tax crypto transactions based on surging popularity among local investors. 

Furthermore, crypto interest on Indonesian soil has skyrocketed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of crypto owners stood at 11 million in 2021. 

Per the report:

“According to the Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency, the total electronic asset transactions reached 59.8 billion USD in 2021, up 10 times from 2020.”

As the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia took the crypto tax route to shore up state revenues in the post-pandemic era. 

Hestu Yoga Saksama, the tax office spokesperson, had previously noted

“Crypto-assets will be subject to VAT because they are a commodity as defined by the trade ministry. They are not a currency. So, we will impose income tax and VAT.”

Meanwhile, Fasset Technologies, a digital asset and fintech startup, recently partnered with payments giant Mastercard to drive financial inclusion in Indonesia.

With the world changing at an unprecedented rate, Fasset intended to offer its custom technologies to digitize banking services for Indonesians, Blockchain.News reported. 

On the other hand, Bank Indonesia is evaluating the influence of central bank digital currency (CBDC) on the local economy to facilitate financial system efficiencies and inclusion. 

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