Indonesia gives tax break to makers of personal protective equipment

FILE PHOTO: People are seen wearing protective face masks at a Sudirman train station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/File Photo

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia announced a tax break on Friday for manufacturers of personal protective equipment and household antiseptic products used during the coronavirus outbreak.

Manufacturers will be able to offset 30% of their production costs between March and September this year against their taxable income, according to the new regulation, uploaded on the tax department’s website.

The tax break applies to makers of surgical and N95 masks, gloves and antiseptic hand sanitizers, ventilators, reagents for diagnostic tests of COVID-19 and disinfectants. They include companies such as Unilever Indonesia UNVR.JK, Pan Brothers PBRX.JK and Kimia Farma KAEF.JK.

Indonesia reported 1,041 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total so far to 43,803, with 2,373 deaths.

Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo and Tabita Diela; editing by Susan Fenton