Tax Seminar and Training (TST) is a prestigious, annual taxation event for professionals held by accounting students of Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. In its 19th consecutive year, this time TST brought up the currently prominent issue—the Indonesian tax reform—with the theme “Comprehensive Discussion on Indonesia’s Tax Reform: Understanding the Outlook and Preparing Strategies to Face Current Emerging Issues”. By putting forward this theme, TST hopes to be a platform for professionals including tax consultants, academicians, and postgraduate students to discuss and gain insights about the newly-implemented regulation, as this tax reform will give impacts to all taxpayers in Indonesia.

This year, The 19th TST collaborated with Danny Darussalam Tax Center (DDTC), and was held in The Westin Jakarta Hotel, at June 6-8, 2016. The event is separated into two parts: the first day being the Seminar, and the Training was held in the following two days.

The Seminar is aimed to provide general background knowledge about the tax reform, including its urgency, global trends of tax reform, and comprehensive analysis of the KUP (Ketentuan Umum Perpajakan—The General Tax Provisions and Procedures Law) draft. The speakers are from various parties representing various stakeholders, including Hantriono Joko Susilo representing the Tax Reform team from Directorate General of Taxation (DGT/DJP—Direktorat Jenderal Pajak), Darussalam from DDTC, and Mukhamad Misbakhun from Commission XI of the Indonesian DPR (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat). All of them provided different perspectives on the tax reform. Also, this year TST undertakes a new form of discussion in the Seminar’s fourth session in the form of a panel consisting of parties from KADIN (Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia), APINDO (Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia), and DGT. This panel acts as a channel for the regulated—the businessmen—to challenge the regulator, the DGT, about the fairness of tax reform.

The Training was held in two days. The first day tackles about the potential disputes, sanctions, and penalties that may arise from the new KUP, also the role of AEoI (Automated Exchange of Information) and banks in the tax reform. The trainers consist of professionals from each topic, such as David Hamzah Damian from DDTC, Otto Sumaryoto from PwC, and Asral Simatupang from Bank Mandiri as well as Tris Yulianta of OJK (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan). And then, the second day talks about more specific matters such as how the tax reform affects taxation in the digital economy, Indonesia’s tax treaty following BEPS deliverables, and updates on Indonesia’s transfer pricing. Each topic was presented by competent trainers such as Bawono Kristiaji from DDTC, John Hutagaol from DGT, and Permana Adi Saputra from PB Taxand.

Thus, The 19th TST was over with the end of the Training. Most of the participants said that they were satisfied with this year’s TST, being able to gain valuable insights as well as professional networking. Those who had attended previous years’ TST, including the speakers and the trainers, also commented on the increased professionalism and the content quality of this year’s TST. Many of them were interested to join next year’s TST, and so are we! The 19th TST was the result of our utmost effort, and we certainly will up our game for next year’s The 20th TST!

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