A sticker reading 'Review us on Google' is pictured at smartphone shop in  Jakarta. Photo: Reuters/Beawiharta
A sticker reading 'Review us on Google' is pictured at smartphone shop in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters/Beawiharta

Google nears Indonesian tax settlement

Company could face a bill of more than US$400 million for 2015 alone if it were found to have avoided payments

November 23, 2016 3:33 PM (UTC+8)

Google is expected to reach a tax settlement with the Indonesian government in the next few weeks, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Under the settlement, Google will pay back taxes and fines, and the search giant will have to agree to a new calculation of profits made in the country, said one of the people, who declined to be named as the information was not public.

A tax office spokesman declined to comment. A Google spokesman also declined to comment.

A senior tax official said in September that Indonesia planned to pursue Google for five years of back taxes, and the company could face a bill of more than US$400 million for 2015 alone if it were found to have avoided payments.

Most of the revenue generated by Google in Indonesia is booked at its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, according to the tax office.

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