Indonesian Government are going to clear VAT and Income Tax on non-fiction import books starting from next month. The Financial Ministry is working on completing the regulations to support the law.
This effectively will reduce the import book price in Indonesia. Lower book price hopefully will increase access to those books. In the end, it will foster further knowledge transfer.
Before the rule becomes effective, import books (regardless fiction or non-fiction) valued above US$50 are charged with VAT and Income Tax. Indonesian book-lovers must pay the extra charge as the government is treating those books as luxury items.
Luckily, now the government can see the right thing to do! Welcome good quality books!! 🙂