Go-Jek Wants to Be Your Tax Agent

Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

By : Tabita Diela | on 1:00 PM November 08, 2017
Category : Business, Corporate News

Jakarta. The homegrown ride-hailing service, Go-Jek, wants to expand its operations by becoming an application service provider authorized by the Ministry of Finance to create tax identification numbers and help in tax collection, a senior official said on Wednesday (08/11).

"We are still waiting for [Go-Jek's] official request to become an ASP [application service provider]. It is still a very early stage," information technology director at the Directorate General of Taxes, Iwan Djuniardi, told Jakarta Globe.

Iwan referred to a meeting between Go-Jek founder and chief executive Nadiem Makarim with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Tuesday. Nadiem and Sri Mulyani reportedly discussed the development of financial technology in Indonesia and opportunities to expand financial inclusion.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo seeks to achieve a 75 percent financial inclusion rate by 2019. In 2014, when he took office, it stood at only 36 percent.

According to Iwan, Go-Jek needs to meet certain requirements to become an ASP, especially in terms of security.

"Everyone can request to become a tax agent. After they fulfill all requirements, a regulation will be issued to register them as an ASP."

Go-Jek's spokesperson told the Jakarta Globe that the company has yet to publish an official statement regarding the matter.

Becoming a tax agent is most likely part of Go-Jek's ambition to expand its fintech arm. Last year, the ride-hailing service officially launched its e-wallet feature called Go-Pay. Go-Pay allows people without bank accounts or credit cards to top up their prepaid balance through Go-Jek's partner drivers.

Go-Jek's competitor, Grab, also has its e-wallet called GrabPay. The service, however, has been suspended by Bank Indonesia over permits.

If the plan goes well, Go-Jek will participate in the Directorate General of Taxes' plan to delegate its electronic services to a third party.

"Our IT roadmap for e-services is open for collaboration. We will also have independent kiosks to report tax returns, they will use Kartin1 cards for authentication," Iwan said.

So far, the Tax Office has four ASP partners: SPT.co.id, Pajakku.com, Eform.bri.co.id and Online-pajak.com.

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