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Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Freddy Karyadi leads the tax practice at Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro. In the past year, He and Mahatma Hadhi helped a client on transactional tax matter. The firm acted as the Indonesian counsel for Indonesia tax law-related matters in the transaction.

Client feedback

“Very good in services.”

DDTC

Darussalam is the head of the tax department at DDTC. The firm includes five partners and more than 115 fee earners. The tax professionals have various backgrounds and it has a wide-ranging client base that covers food and beverage, farms and animal feed and the paper and pulp industry, among others. It has also conducted several tax seminars, courses and training sessions, which both public and private sector clients attend.

In 2017, the firm helped a client on a customs audit, which involved the imputation of royalties paid on a trademark as a customs value. Elsewhere, Ganda Christian Tobing advised a Korean multinational company on a tax controversy matter. It included a civil review to the Supreme Court concerning the reconsideration of a tax court verdict regarding the ITA defect procedure.

In recent years Agus Salim, Nia Anzolla, Ana Clara, Muhammad Basyuni Rizqi Qodraturrasyid, Rizky Shaumita Hefani, Doni Agus Setiawan, Dyah Ayu Ambarwati and Satya Adhiyasa have joined the firm.

Deloitte

The tax team includes 11 partners and more than 220 full-time professionals. It provides a full range of services. Yan Hardyana supports the consumer and industrial products industry service. Roy Tedja specialises in the manufacturing and financial services. Heru Supriyanto leads the tax disputes and litigation practice. Cindy Sukiman and John Lauwrenz lead the tax practice in the energy and resources industry. They not only deal with M&A projects, but also focus on handling tax litigation and deals from multinationals. Turmanto leads the customs and indirect tax service groups. He helps clients communicate with the customs and tax authorities and represents clients in customs disputes. Dionisius Damijanto leads the financial services and Irene Atmawijaya leads the global employer and business processing services.

In 2017, Roy Tedja Sidharta joined the firm as a partner, Sandra Suhenda joined the firm as a director, Arinda Hutabarat joined the firm as a technical adviser, Wara Kertiningrum and Sylvia Muljadinata joined the firm as a senior manager, Muhammad Hanif and Beatrice Simamora joined the firm as a managers and Ulya Shamila joined the firm as an assistant manager.

EY

The team at EY has more than 250 professionals. It provides a wide range of tax services and has experience adivising clients from a large number of different sectors. In addition, the firm maintains a close relationship with the local authorities to offer advice on how to enhance regulations and share its practical perspectives.

In 2017, the firm helped a local digital group with tax advisory services. The work was in connection with general tax advisory to the client regarding compliance to tax regulations in Indonesia and certain target countries for the client’s expansion in the region.

GNV Consulting Services

The tax team at GNV Consulting specialises in litigation matters. Regarding its dispute settlement approach, the firm pays particular attention to tax regulations and combines this with relevant regulations from other institutions or ministries, or other laws, to strengthen its case. In 2017, the firm participated in the Moore Stephens network. It not only holds seminars and special sessions, but also distributes tax update publications to both its own and Moore Stephens clients. It has recently relocated to Jakarta’s business central area because of the expanding size of the firm. 

In 2017, Charles Oetomo and Benjamin Simatupang assisted on a major acquisition project in Indonesia by performing tax, customs and excise due diligence and advisory. Elsewhere, Jeklira Tampubolon helped a client on a customs diagnostics review, customs audit and dispute and advisory services. That was related to a voluntary declaration and payment on royalties for future importation.

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Ponti Partogi is the head of the tax department at Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners. He has more than 20 years of tax experience and has the capability to provide tax advice on various transactions, from both the legal and accounting perspective. The firm provides a wide range of services including tax structuring, transfer pricing, tax credits, double tax treaties, service tax, withholding tax, tax incentives and indirect tax. It also has a strong tax litigation and disputes team in Indonesia. The practice serves clients across various industries including natural resources, banking, manufacturing, trading and services, to name a few. It also maintains a close relationship with the tax authorities, including the Directorate General of Tax and Directorate General of Customs of Excise.

Ponti Partogi and Ria Muhariastuti recently assisted a client in the restructuring its business operations in Indonesia. In addition, it also advised a client in setting up its business activities in the local area, paying attention in particular to the terms of the prevailing tax law. The practice also continues to serve a client in relation to a withholding tax on a transfer of Indonesian shares.

In 2018, Trinyoti joined the firm as a senior tax specialist and Debby Maulidya joined as a tax specialist.

KPMG

Abraham Pierre is the head of the tax department at KPMG. The team includes in excess of 125 professionals. It provides services covering M&A, deal advisory and tax dispute assistance – from tax audit until tax appeal assistance. Abraham Pierre and Anita Priyanti specialise in international tax planning, inbound and outbound investment, M&A and transactional tax. Irwan Setiawan leads the energy and natural resources group. Eko Prajanto specialises in the mining and oil and gas practice and leads the tax controversy and litigation group. He is supported by Tonggo Aritonang, who is a retired tax court judge. Esther Kwok and Natalia Yamin lead the global mobility services. Bambang Budiman and Julya Permata lead the financial services group and indirect tax practice. Jacob Zwaan focuses on the international tax practice and assists clients with M&A and transactional tax.

Abraham Pierre and Anita Priyanti recently helped a client on obtaining tax facilities for a wind turbine, as part of an independent power project. Anita Priyanti also advised clients on the tax treatment for a gas supply project on Java Island. In this case, the firm offered an overview of the domestic tax and accounting analysis. It also reviewed the financial model in terms of the contract signed between the state-owned electricity company and the consortium providing the LNG supply.

MUC Consulting Group

The firm is comprised of more than 200 professionals in Jakarta, Surabaya and Balikpapan. It provides services including tax, customs, legal and accounting. It serves a range of clients including foreign investment companies, domestic investment companies, state-owned enterprises and other business sectors.

Imam recently helped a client on a corporate restructuring matter. It included a tax dispute resolution matter on VAT because of company restructuring. Elsewhere, Meydawati assisted a trading company with a private equity matter. The team also did assisted during tax audit on corporate income tax regarding company liquidation.

RSM Indonesia

RSM Indonesia provides servicea covering general corporate tax compliance, tax disputes, M&A tax, international tax and transfer pricing. It has set up four industry groups, including government, energy, financial services, and real estate and construction. Ichwan Sukardi leads the energy sector. He previously was the head of energy at KPMG in Indonesia. The firm is a member of the international RSM network. 

One recent matter the team worked on saw Eny Susetyoningsih and Rian Anantha help a client with tax compliance. In this case, the firm determined the client’s tax position for the current period and calculated the appropriate tax payable. In addition, the team also identified tax exposures in terms of the client’s financial report. The firm is elsewhere advising a client on preparing draft appeal letters. They also represent the client in the related tax court hearing.

In recent years, Ichwan Sukardi, Ivoni Noviana, Rezania Candrakirana, Sophia She JiaQian, Ahmad Fauzi Zarkasyi and Angela Kusumaningtyas joined the firm. 

Client feedback

“Very positive impression of RSM Indonesia. We have approached circa five other companies and none of them was as responsive and timely as RSM. Good report, our remarks duly introduced, no issues regarding payment, etc.”

SF Consulting

Sri Wahyuni Sujono is the head of the tax practice at SF Consulting. It covers income tax, indirect tax, disputes resolutions, transfer pricing, customs, individual/expatriate tax, business process services and legal. The team has particular experience working with state-owned electricity providers and manufacturing groups. In 2017, the firm became a member of TPA Global. It is an independent professional service and provides transfer pricing, valuation and customs solutions to clients.

In the past year, Sri Wahyuni Sujono and Angelina Sherly represented Maybank Indonesia as tax attorney in the tax court. They provided the legal basis, valid data and other evidence in order to gain the judge’s confidence. Elsewhere, Stan Pranoto and Achmad Rifai helpws Jababeka on a tax restructuring matter. They reviewed the structure and gave advice on whether the transaction is in line with the local tax regulations. In addition, they also analysed the influence of the new tax regulations on the current structure.

In 2017, SF Consulting promoted four people to assistant manager. In 2018, the firm also hired Riki Taufik Rahmani and Galih Putra Perdana as a legal managers to enhance the litigation team. In addition, Rahmat Fauzi joined the firm as a senior tax adviser, Joko Susilo joined as a TP supervisor and Frandesia joined the firm as a business process supervisor.

Client feedback

“As highlighted above, SF consulting provides tax support on various areas to us. SF Consulting works professionally. They have a very good team who do their detailed review and offer services which are suitable with client needs and provide practical solutions. For example, our company is always in an overpayment situation for corporate income tax due to the prepaid income tax on the importation of its raw materials. Our previous consultant never offered us the option to file an import income tax exemption in order to minimise or avoid corporate income tax overpayment. SF Consulting found out this situation and offered to process an import income tax exemption which was successfully obtained for 2017.”

“The firm usually responds in a timely manner on advisory assignments. On tax audits / disputes assistance, the firm assigned a dedicated team to support us. The firm understands our organisational setup and system, hence can respond in an efficient manner to the authorities.”

“The partner was involved during the process and gave me regular feedback and was reliable.”

“The result beyond meets our expectation; highly responsible staff.”

VDB Loi

Graham Garven leads the tax practice at VDB Loi. He has more than 20 years of tax experience. He specialises in dispute resolution, transactional and M&A practice. The firm has a strong disputes solution team. VDB Loi serves both small-and-medium sized enterprises and multinationals.

Garven helped GL Events on issue. The firm offered an analysis and opinion on the Indonesian tax implications of a major contract regarding the Asian Games preparation in Indonesia. In addition, the firm assisted Cogencis Information Services with the application of a deferred tax asset (DTA). In this project, the firm advised the client on resolving a dispute with one customer on the interpretation of the DTA terms.

In 2017, Fontana Priscilla Situmeang joined the firm.

Client feedback

“VDB Loi, namely, it's partner, Graham Garven is a thorough professional to work with. The work output is high quality and comprehensive. VDB Loi's strengths include quick turnaround time, reasonable service fees, meticulous and well thought out advisory and a willingness to entertain and resolve follow up questions. As a satisfied customer, there isn't a glaring weakness I can point out at the moment.”