TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Gender-based taxation is expected to be one of the topics for discussion on the agenda of this year’s G20 meeting by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Wemp Saputra, the Ministry of Finance’s expert for macroeconomics and international finance, said on Friday: “For the first time, taxation and gender will be discussed by the OECD as part of the international tax agenda of the presidency of the G20”.
This type of taxation will incentivize women but has not been implemented in Indonesia. To illustrate this issue, he said it would benefit women who work and become pregnant later and have to take maternity leave, which is not covered by a tax incentive. “Meanwhile, the woman’s income is reduced.”
It is hoped that such a policy will provide affirmations to women who later choose to give birth but may not have insurance.
“What is an example of this kind and this tax? Well, if they are pregnant and give birth later, their income must remain full and given claims to receive fair treatment,” he added.
Saputra said other ideas and suggestions involve government-facilitated childcare. All of these ideas, he said, will be discussed at the G20 meetings. Gender-based taxation is somewhat rare in developing countries.
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