Fri, 03 Dec 1999

Education tax for private universities

YOGYAKARTA: The provincial administration here is planning to impose an education tax on students in private universities to contribute to Yogyakarta's regional revenue.

The Regional Revenue Agency handed over a proposal to the provincial council on Thursday, saying that a levy of between Rp 50,000 and Rp 100,000 would be imposed on each new student entering private university in Yogyakarta.

"They'll only pay once, when they enter the university. Every year there are thousands of new students who study here. The levies will be a great contribution to local revenue," said Trimartini, the regional revenue agency chief.

Councillors are studying the plan further, but already some have expressed their support for it.

"The plan is in line with the spirit of autonomy," said legislator Sukri Fadholi. (44/edt)