In response to government data about luxury car owners not paying taxes, Ferrari Jakarta CEO Arie Christopher claimed Indonesian Ferrari owners, a small circle of about 150 people, were obedient taxpayers.
Previously, the South Jakarta Vehicle Document Registration Center (Samsat) stated that 10,190 luxurious vehicles' (those priced higher than Rp 1 billion or US $76,000 (S$104,000)) taxes were not paid as of Sept. 19. Where even some tax arrears were already 10 years old.
"Our customers are not using their car so often, but as much as I know they diligently pay their taxes," Arie told The Jakarta Post at the launch of 488 Spider model in Jakarta on Wednesday. Arie said he often socializes with the owners, so he had some kind of knowledge about them.
Luxurious car owners do not frequently drive their car on the road so many can avoid paying tax without being noticed. Some of the cars are just kept part of a collection in garages and rarely touch the asphalt.
The percentage of tax in arrears is 23.7 per cent of 46,256 luxurious vehicles in South Jakarta. From 46,256 luxurious vehicle 28,506 are sedans, 17,554 are jeeps and SUVs, 154 are minibuses, 39 are motorcycles, and 3 units are pick-up trucks.
According to South Jakarta Samsat head of vehicle tax services Alberto Ali the annual vehicle tax is 2 per cent from the vehicle's price tag. If a vehicle costs Rp 1 billion then the tax will be Rp 20 million a year.