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Indonesia and Australia Forge Pact for Crypto Taxation Collaboration

In a significant move toward enhancing regulatory clarity in the realm of cryptocurrency taxation, Indonesia and Australia have inked an agreement to establish a framework for sharing crypto-related information. The agreement, formalized in Jakarta on April 22 and announced the following day, is poised to bolster the identification of taxable assets and facilitate the exchange of vital data between the tax authorities of both nations.

Central to the agreement is the aim to promote effective compliance with tax obligations concerning cryptocurrencies. Mekar Satria Utama, a director at the Indonesian Directorate General of Taxes (DGT), underscored the importance of innovation and cooperation among tax authorities to adapt to the rapid evolution of financial technologies. Utama emphasized the significance of equitable taxation to foster economic growth and support essential public investments.

The collaboration between Australian and Indonesian tax authorities extends beyond this agreement, encompassing various initiatives aimed at modernizing taxpayer services and enhancing regulatory oversight. Notably, both entities have collaborated on initiatives such as the digitization of taxpayer services and the implementation of value-added tax (VAT) for digital goods and services.

Indonesia has been actively developing regulations for the crypto sector and has sought partnerships with foreign countries and international organizations to establish a robust regulatory framework. The Financial Services Authority (OJK) of Indonesia has spearheaded efforts in this regard, collaborating with financial regulators in Malaysia, Singapore, and Dubai.

Under new regulations slated to take effect in January 2025, crypto companies operating in Indonesia will be required to undergo a regulatory sandbox evaluation before obtaining a license. Failure to comply with this requirement will render cryptocurrency services illegal in the country.

Australia, on the other hand, is part of a global effort, including collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to establish the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF). This initiative aims to facilitate the automatic exchange of information about crypto-assets on a standardized global platform, contributing to streamlined tax procedures and combatting tax evasion in the cryptocurrency space.

While not a bilateral tax treaty per se, the collaboration between Indonesia and Australia underscores the growing international cooperation aimed at addressing the taxation challenges posed by cryptocurrencies and fostering a more transparent and compliant crypto ecosystem on a global scale.

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