We shall discuss how to register a company in Indonesia as foreign investor in desirable sector (s). Indonesia is a country located in South East Asia (SEA). It consists of more than 17,000 islands. Its main island, Java, is where the capital city of Jakarta lies. It has a large population of 260 million people (2017) and has a very diverse ethnic group. It’s known for its beaches in Bali, volcanoes, Komodo dragon and many others. It is also home to some ancient Buddhist structures such as the Borobudur, as well as ancient Hindu temples such at the Prambanan and Uluwatu temples.
Indonesia is not popularly known to be as an investment destination or to start a business. This was due to its reputation of high levels of corruption and mismanagement of the financial sector. Although there was some economic growth in the late 80s to 90s, the growth couldn’t be sustained due to this improper management.
However with the changes in government in recent years, the new administration has brought much needed change and this has seen the country improve rapidly and was one of the fastest growing economies in SEA. The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
There are a few choices of business structures to incorporate. The description and the process of how to register a company in Indonesia (limited liability company) below is given:-
The limited liability company
There are 2 kinds of limited liability companies in Indonesia –
Limited liability company by a local Indonesian (Perseroan Terbatas – PT)
Limited liability company by a foreigner (Perseroan Terbatas – Penanaman Modal Asing – PT PMA)
Features of the PT and PT PMA
How to register a company in Indonesia as foreign investor (PT)
This company is owned and managed by a local Indonesian.
There must be a minimum of 1 director
There must be 2 local Indonesian shareholders
There must be a commissioner or the person who will manage the company. This commissioner can be a non-resident.
The paid up capital requirement will depend of the size of the company that the applicant wishes to incorporate.
For a small company, the paid up capital must be between IDR50 million to 500 million.
For a medium company, the paid up capital must be between IDR 500 million to 10 billion
For a large company, the paid up capital must be above IDR 10 billion
How to register a company in Indonesia as foreign investor (PT PMA)
Ownership can be 100% foreign owned. However this will depend on the business classification. Those businesses that are not on the Negative Investment list can be 100% owned. This Negative list is a list of industries where a foreign owned company is prohibited from registering a company in Indonesia.
This type of company is governed by the Foreign Capital Investment Law. This company type is required to obtain approval from the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal – BKPM) before starting the business. As required by BKPM, the owner must have a share capital of a minimum of IDR10 billion of which 25% must be paid up as share capital.
Must be set up with a minimum of 1 resident director and 2 shareholders and 1 commissioner.
If the company is 100% foreign owned, the owners are required to sell at least a 5% share in the company to a resident Indonesian within 15 years of commercially starting the business.
There are no restrictions to the area of operation except for the Negative list. The company must obtain the relevant licences from the respective government authorities where they are operating and this is how to register a company in Indonesia.
As for the tax rate, the corporate tax rate in Indonesia is 25% for both domestic and foreign sourced income.
If there is a need to appoint new shareholders, this is normally done in a General Meeting of Shareholders together with a board of directors.
Should there be a decision to wind up the company; this is also normally done at the GMS. Once the decision is made and a resolution passed, a liquidator will be appointed. Within 30 days of the appointment of the liquidator, the person will announce the liquidation in the newspaper and the State Gazette of the Republic of Indonesia. All the creditors must then submit their claims and these claims will then be settled.
How to register a limited liability company in Indonesia
Indonesia has improved tremendously in the Ease of starting business ranking from the World Bank data. It jumped to 91 in 2017 from 106 in 2016. This reflects the government’s intention to bring in more investments into the country.
The process of how to register a company in Indonesia stated below is for the city of Jakarta. However the process should be quite similar in other cities in the country.
Pay the fees to obtain clearance of the company name– This is done by a Notary Public and can be done through a computerized processing system. This is done at a Notary Public together with the reservation and clearance of a company name. The Notary must initially pay a fee of IDR200, 000 at a bank before the clearance of the name can be obtained. Once payment is made, the Notary will receive a payment receipt with a code. This process normally takes 1 day.
Clearance of name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights –The code obtained from the 1st process is keyed into the system online when reserving the company name. The reserved name will be kept for 60 days. The Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kementerian Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia) MLHR reserves the right to reject a company name if it contravenes certain set criteria. The Company’s Name Application Form must be submitted to the MLHR which contains –
i) the payment number of the approval of the use of the company name from the bank; and
ii) the booked name of the company
The MLHR will then give the approval of the company name electronically. This will usually contain –
i) the booking number of the name of the company ii) the name of the company iii) date of the booking iv) expiry date v) payment code.
The above process takes less than 1 day.
Notarize company documents – The Notary Public will obtain the standard form of the company deed and will notarize these documents. The maximum fees that the Notary may charge with an economical value of above IDR100 million up to IDR 1 billion is 1.5% of the total value of the object of the deed. This process takes 1 day and can be done simultaneously with step 2.
Apply to MLHR for approval of the deed of establishment –This step takes less than 1 day where the application for the approval on the establishment of the company is filed electronically together with the certificate of bank account and a copy of the relevant bank transfer advice. The process of how to register a company in Indonesia is as follows –
i) the application should not exceed 60 days since the date of establishment deed
ii) since the application is done electronically, the MLHR can also state its approval or rejection.
iii) if the MLHR doesn’t object, the applicant must submit the original application and supporting documents within 30 days.
iv) the MLHR, will in 14 days after all the above terms has been met, issue the legalization on the establishment of the company.
v) the details of the established company which has been approved will be inserted into the Company Registry.
vi) The MLHR will then publish the establishment of the company in the Supplement State Gazette within 14 days if the approval from the ministry.
Apply for the certificate of company domicile – This certificate is issued by a head of a village where the company is located or by the building management where the company’s office is. All Indonesian limited liability company must have this certificate and is used for tax registration. This process takes about 2 days and there’s no fee.
Pay for non-tax state revenue for legal services at a bank – This fee must also be paid for the establishment of a company. The fees are –
– IDR 1 million for the validation of the company as a legal entity
– IDR 30,000 for publication in the State Gazette
– IDR 550,000 for publication in the Supplement State Gazette
This process takes 1 day.
6. Apply for the permanent business trading licence and the certificate of company registration – This is done at the Ministry of Trade. The application for the permanent business trading licence (Surat Izin Usaha Perniagaan – SIUP) must be submitted with the following documents –
7. a) a copy of the articles of association b) a confirmation on the location of the company’s business c) Identity card of the company President Director d) letter of approval from the MLHR
This whole process takes about 7 days.
Register with the Ministry of Manpower – The applicant must submit a manpower report to the ministry within 30 days as of the establishment of the company together with the following documents –
a) company identification b) manpower relation c) manpower protection d) employment opportunity
This process takes 1 day.
10. Apply for Workers Social Security Program – This process which takes 7 days is to take care of the workers occupational accident security, old age security, pension security and death security. This is done at the Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS) Ketenagakerjaan office and the applicant must obtain forms 1 for data and 1A for employee’s data. The application forms must be submitted to the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan office within 30 days after obtaining the forms together with –
a) receipt of the 1st contribution payment b) SIUP c) company’s tax registration number (Nomor Pokok Wajib Pajak- NPWP) d) deed of establishment e) employee’s identity card f) photograph g) family registration card
Apply for healthcare insurance – This is done with the BPJS Kesehatan and takes 7 days but is simultaneous with the above process.
Obtain a tax payer registration number (NPWP) and VAT collector number from the tax office. This takes 1 day as can also be done at the same time as the above step. I hope you will not seek any more information asking how to register a company in Indonesia as foreigner.
The following are the important contact details of the government authorities –
Kementerian Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia (Ministry of Law and Human Rights)
Address: Jl HR Rasuna Said kav 6-7, Kuningan, South Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia 12940
Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (Social Insurance Administration
Address: Jl Jendral Gatot Subroto, No 79 Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia 12930
Direktorat Jenderal Pajak (Director Generalof Tax)
Address: Jl Gatot Subroto Lot 40-42 Jakarta Indonesia 12190
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