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Facebook Is Next on Indonesia Tax List as Google Deal Nears

  • Facebook owes 2-3 trillion rupiah in taxes, penalty: official
  • Indonesia may next send tax demand notices to Twitter, Apple
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Indonesia is eyeing Facebook Inc. as its next target in a government tax crackdown as it nears a settlement with Google Inc.

Facebook, which counts more than 88 million Indonesians among its users, owes about 2 trillion rupiah ($148 million) to 3 trillion rupiah in unpaid taxes and penalties, Muhammad Haniv, head of the special taxpayers office at the Finance Ministry’s Tax Directorate-General, said on Wednesday in Jakarta. The office has sent a letter to the company in Ireland, calling for a meeting to discuss the issue and seek information on the company’s business interests in Indonesia, he said.