Suddenly Rich, Directorate General of Taxes Congratulates Ghozali While Inviting him to Register for Taxpayers

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Ghozali's goal to capture selfies for 5 years


One of the obligations of Indonesian people who already have income is to pay taxes. The money paid to the state is used for development and social assistance from the government. Most people will automatically register themselves after qualifying as a taxpayer. However, there is something different about Ghozali, a 22-year-old man who recently shocked the public because he managed to earn billions of rupiah from selling his selfies on the OpenSea site.

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He sells 933 selfies or selfies that he has taken every day since he was 17 years old as an NFT (Non Fungible Token) product. Ghozali managed to earn billions of rupiah from here and immediately stunned the public. Apparently, not only ordinary people who follow this phenomenon. The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxes also responded immediately. Unmitigated, Ghozali was immediately presented with a link on how to register a taxpayer.

Through his official Twitter account, the Directorate General of Taxes congratulated Ghozali on the success of selling his NFT products

Ghozali’s goal to capture selfies for 5 years | Credit: Twitter screenshot of @Ghozali_Ghozalu

On this Friday (14/1/2022), the Directorate General of Taxes congratulated Ghozali for his success in gaining money from selling selfies of NFT products. The congratulations were written in response to Ghozali’s tweet on Wednesday (12/1/2022). He wrote that his goal of taking selfies every day for 5 years was to compile them into one video compilation. In the future, Ghozali also hopes to take his graduation photos from university.

Not only congratulating, the Directorate General of Taxes also invited Ghozali to register as a taxpayer and create a Taxpayer Identification Number

Invitation from the Directorate General of Taxes to Ghozali

Invitation from the Directorate General of Taxes to Ghozali | Credit: Twitter screenshot of @DitjenPajakRI

The congratulations were followed by an invitation to register a Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) through the link tax.go.id/id. Furthermore, the Directorate General of Taxes also provides a special link if Ghozali needs further information when filling out his TIN. If Ghozali has any questions during the tax administration process, the Directorate General of Taxes is happy to help through the @kring_pajak account.

Some netizens do not agree with the actions of the Directorate General of Taxes. They think that Ghozali should be tax-free for transacting using cryptocurrencies

Viral Ghozali NFT

Viral Ghozali NFT | Credit: Hipwee

Several netizens questioned the actions of the Directorate General of Taxes. The reason is, Ghozali uses Crypto currency during buying and selling transactions for his NFT products. It is known that in Indonesia, cryptocurrencies are not legalized even in 2021 and the Indonesian Ulema Council determined that this currency is illegal. So, they questioned why Ghozali was still subject to taxpayers. Responding to these comments, the Directorate General of Taxes responded that the object of tax was any income owned by the taxpayer.

The Directorate General of Taxes of the Ministry of Finance has stated that NFT digital products must be included in the Annual Tax Return

Ghozali Everyday

Ghozali Everyday | Credit: Hipwee

Reporting from CNN Indonesia, the Directorate General of Taxes emphasized that NFT products must be included in the Annual Tax Return. This policy was carried out due to the increasingly widespread trend of digital asset trading in the community.

“NFT assets and other digital assets must be reported in the Annual SPT using the market value of December 31 in that tax year,” said Director of Extension, Services and Public Relations of the Ministry of Finance Neilmardin Noor.

Determination of digital assets as tax objects is seen from their potential to increase income for their owners. This additional income is included in the annual tax return and is still subject to general taxation rules. This tax determination has previously been regulated in Law Number 36 of 2008 concerning Income Tax (PPh).

“The object of the tax is income, namely any additional economic capacity received or obtained by the taxpayer, both from Indonesia and from outside Indonesia,” wrote Article 4 paragraph 1 of the rule.

Responding to the Directorate General of Taxes’ tweet on the fantastic income he had just earned, Ghozali revealed that this was the first time he had paid taxes. As a good Indonesian citizen, he will carry out his obligations.

“This is my first tax payment in my life. of course I will pay for it because I am a good Indonesian citizen #PajakKitaUntukKita,” he concluded.

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