Permanent Establishment (PE), in Indonesia Tax Law, is one kind of tax person and so one kind of taxpayer. The definition of PE, base on Article 2 Paragraph 5 Indonesian Tax Law, shall be an establishment used by an individual who does not reside or is present in Indonesia for not more than 183 (one hundred and eighty-three) days within any 12 (twelve) month period, or by an entity which is not established or domiciled in Indonesia in the form of, among others:

  1. a place of management;
  2. a representative office;
  3. an office;
  4. an office;
  5. a factory;
  6. a workshop;
  7. a mining and extraction of natural resources, drilling used for mining exploration;
  8. a fishery, animal husbandry, farm, plantation or forestry;
  9. a construction, installation or assembly project;
  10. the furnishing of services through employees or other personnel, if conducted for more than 60 (sixty) days within 12 (twelve) month period;
  11. an individual or an entity acting as a dependent agent;
  12. an agent or employee of an insurance company that is not established or domiciled in Indonesia if it collects premiums or insures risk in Indonesia.

A permanent establishment contains the concept of the existence of place of business, namely facilities that may be in the form of lands and buildings, including machinery and equipment. The place of business is permanent in nature and used to carry out the business or to conduct the activities of an individual not residing or an entity not established and domiciled In Indonesia.
The concept of permanent establishment also includes individuals or entities as agents the positions of which are not independent, acting for and on behalf of an individual or entity not residing or domiciled in Indonesia. An individual not residing or an entity not established and not domiciled in Indonesia can not be assumed to have a permanent establishment in Indonesia if the individual or the entity, in conducting his/its business or activities in Indonesia uses an agent, broker or intermediary who have independent status, provided that the agent, broker or intermediary in reality fully acts in the framework of carrying out his own business/activities. An insurance company established or domiciled outside Indonesia is deemed to have a permanent establishment in Indonesia, if it collects insurance premium in Indonesia or bears risk in Indonesia through employees, representatives or agents in Indonesia. Bearing risk in Indonesia shall not mean that the event causing the risk occurs in Indonesia. Due regard being had to the fact that the insured party shall reside, stay or domicile in Indonesia.
Although PE is part of foreign (non resident) tax person but the engagement of PE’s right and obligation is same as resident tax payer’s. This means that PE must have taxpayer identity card (or NPWP) and PE has to fill tax return every month and every year as long as the PE is still exist.

Taxable Object

Based on Article 5 Indonesian Income Tax Law, Taxable object of a PE consists of:

  1. income from its businesses or activities and from its owned or controlled properties. A permanent establishment will be taxed on income from its business or activities and from its owned or controlled property. Accordingly, all income concerned is subject to tax in Indonesia
  2. income of the head office from businesses or activities, sales of goods, or furnishing services in Indonesia which are similar to those undertaken by the permanent establishment in Indonesia. In accordance with this provision, income derived by a head office from business or activities, sale of goods or furnishing services which are similar to those undertaken by the permanent establishment is considered income of the permanent establishment because such business or activities fall within the scope of, and could be undertaken by, the permanent establishment. Example: Business or activities similar to those of a permanent establishment occurs where a foreign bank with a permanent establishment in Indonesia directly provides a loan to a company in Indonesia and not through its permanent establishment.
    Sale of goods similar to those sold by a permanent establishment occurs where an overseas head office having a permanent establishment in Indonesia directly sells products similar to those sold by its permanent establishment to Indonesian buyers. Furnishing services similar to those furnished by a permanent establishment occurs where a head office of an offshore consultant company directly provides consultancy services similar to those provided by the permanent establishment to clients in Indonesia.
  3. income referred to in Article 26 received or accrued by the head office provided that the properties or activities giving rise to the aforesaid income is effectively connected with a permanent establishment. income referred to in Article 26 received or accrued by the head office is treated as income of a permanent establishment if the properties or activities giving rise to the aforesaid income is effectively connected with a permanent establishment. For example, “X” Inc. concludes a license agreement with PT “Y” for the use the trademark of -X- Inc. Upon the use of that right, “X” Inc. receives compensation in the form of royalties from PT “Y”. In connection with this agreement, “X” Inc. also provides management services to PT “Y” through a permanent establishment in Indonesia in the course of marketing products of PT Y” bearing the trademark.
    In this case, the use of the “X” Inc. trademark by PT “Y” has an effective connection with the permanent establishment in Indonesia, consequently, X Inc.’s income in the form of royalties is treated as income to the permanent establishment.

Expenses

Expenses related to gross income referred to in paragraphs above may be deducted from the permanent establishment’s income. Administration expenses incurred by a head office to support the business or activities of a permanent establishment in Indonesia may be deducted from the income of the permanent establishment. The type and amount of expenses that may be deducted are stipulated by the Director General of Taxes. Basically a permanent establishment and its head office are considered as a single unit; therefore, payments made by the permanent establishment to its head office, such as royalties on the use of head office property, are considered as a flow of funds within one company. Therefore, under this provision, payments made by a permanent establishment to its head office, such as royalties, compensation for services and interest is not deductible from the income of the permanent establishment. Where, however, the head office and the permanent establishment are engaged in a banking business, payments in the form of interest loan may be charged as an expense.
As a consequence of the foregoing, payments of a similar type received by a permanent establishment from its head office are not considered as taxable income, except for interest received by a permanent establishment from its head office related to a banking business.

Permanent Establishment in Tax Treaty.

It is important to know that the meaning of PE is depend on the tax treaty between Indonesia and other country. The definition of PE may vary from one tax treaty to others. So, to learn about PE practice in Indonesia, we also must know about PE in tax treaty. If Indonesia has no tax treaty with some country, the income tax law PE definition should be used.