A general view of the headquarters of Indonesia's tax office in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Iqro Rinaldi)

Finance Minister Sees Up to $9.57b Tax Shortfall in 2017


DECEMBER 20, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's finance minister on Wednesday (20/12) said she expects tax revenue to miss the government's target by 110 trillion to Rp 130 trillion ($9.57 billion) this year, but maintained her outlook for the size of the fiscal deficit.

"Although there would be a tax shortfall, spending also would not reach the full target that has been budgeted," Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters, without explaining the reason for the shortfall.

Indonesia had originally targeted tax revenue of Rp 1,472.7 trillion for the year, according to its revised state budget released in July. In the Dec. 15 year-to-date period, the government has collected Rp 1,211.5 trillion in tax revenue.

Still, Indrawati maintained her outlook for the size of the fiscal deficit to be around 2.6-2.7 percent of GDP for 2017.

The minister has frequently said the government will continue slashing unnecessary spending to keep a tighter rein on its finances.

She also said better-than-assumed oil prices this year have helped the government's non-tax revenue exceed its target of 260.2 trillion rupiah due to revenue from the oil and gas sector. By mid-December, the government has recorded 281 trillion in non-tax revenue.

The government has an official target for its budget deficit to be 2.92 percent of GDP this year, below Indonesia's 3 percent legal limit.

It launched a tax amnesty program last year to broaden the taxpayer base, and nearly $360 billion of assets were declared before it ended in March this year. The program added Rp 107 trillion to its 2016 revenue.