Local tax revenue mobilization in Indonesia’s decentralizing era

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Robert A. Simanjuntak and B. Raksaka Mahi INTRODUCTION One crucial element of any system of local government is the power to tax the local population in order to finance the provision of local services. Regional governments often regard the proportion of local taxes and charges in their total budget revenue as the main indicator of the degree of local autonomy they enjoy. The larger the taxing power, the larger the proportion of own-source revenue in the total budget, and the more autonomous they are. Nowadays many local government officials in Indonesia share this view. However, the local tax base in Indonesia has been unsatisfactory for many years; that is, it is not yielding sufficient revenue, or its incidence is perceived as unfair. The evidence presented in Tables 6.1 to 6.3 shows that during the 1990s, for the majority of the provinces, own-source revenue represented less than 30 percent of their total budgets. The situation had been even less satisfactory for districts/municipalities. The implementation of regional autonomy since January 1, 2001 has had practically no effect in this situation. (see Tables 6.1-6.3.) The local revenue problems can also be seen from the consolidated central and local governments budget. During the 1990s, regional governments raised only about 7 percent of total government revenues, which financed only about one-third of their expenditures. In the first year of regional autonomy implementation (2001), the situation was generally similar, with regional governments raising only about 8.29 percent of total government revenues, while their….

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReforming Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and the Rebuilding of Indonesia
Subtitle of host publicationThe ‘Big Bang’ Program and its Economic Consequences
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781845421656
ISBN (Print)9781843764519
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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