Correction of Annual Tax Returns

Category: Tax & Accounting Services

Written by Laura Yubelia Gracia on 08/07/2024
The author’s views are entirely their own and may not always reflect the views of Putranto Alliance.

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Correcting annual tax returns is crucial for taxpayers needing to amend previously submitted tax information. This process ensures compliance with tax regulations and helps avoid potential penalties. This product sheet outlines the regulations, timeframes, administrative sanctions, and steps involved in correcting annual tax returns in Indonesia.


Correcting an annual tax return involves amending previously submitted tax information to reflect accurate financial data. This correction is made by submitting a written statement to the tax authorities, indicating the changes and ensuring that the updated return complies with current tax laws and regulations.

The Importance of Correcting Annual Tax Return

Correcting annual tax returns is essential for several reasons:

  1. Compliance: Ensures adherence to tax laws and regulations, avoiding legal issues.
  2. Accuracy: Reflects the true financial situation, crucial for financial planning and reporting.
  3. Avoiding Penalties: Helps avoid potential penalties and interest charges from incorrect tax filings.
  4. Transparency: Enhances transparency and trust with tax authorities, reducing the likelihood of audits and investigations.

The Best Time to Correct Annual Tax Return

Determining the optimal time to correct an annual tax return is crucial for maximizing benefits and ensuring compliance:

  1. Before Receiving Examination Notices: Corrections should be made before receiving an Examination Notification Letter or an Open Preliminary Examination Notification Letter from the tax authorities.
  2. Within the Legal Timeframe: Corrections declaring a loss or overpayment must be submitted no later than two years before the expiration of the assessment period, which is five years from the tax due date or the end of the tax period.
  3. After Receiving Assessment Letters: If a taxpayer receives a tax assessment letter or related decisions that state a different fiscal loss, corrections must be made within three months of receiving such documents.

Benefits of Corrected Annual Tax Return

Correcting annual tax returns offers several benefits:

  1. Legal Compliance: Ensures adherence to tax laws and regulations.
  2. Financial Accuracy: Reflects the true financial situation, aiding in better financial planning.
  3. Penalty Avoidance: Reduces the risk of incurring penalties and interest charges.
  4. Enhanced Trust: Builds trust with tax authorities, potentially reducing the likelihood of audits.

How to Correct An Annual Tax Return

The steps to correct an Annual Tax Return through DJP Online are:

  1. Login to DJP Online: Visit the DJP Online website ( and log in using the Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) and password.
  2. Access the e-Form Menu: Click the “Report” menu on the main dashboard. Select “e-Form” and choose the “Create SPT” option to start the correction process.
  3. Fill in the Correction Status: In the “SPT Status” menu, enter the tax year of the return to correct and indicate the correction number. For example, if this is the first correction, enter the number 1.
  4. Correct the Incorrect Data: Make corrections or changes to the data in the corrected return and ensure that the information entered accurately reflects the actual financial situation.
  5. Submit the Correction: Once all information in the return has been corrected, enter the verification code and click the “Submit” button to submit the corrected Annual Tax Return.

How We Can Help

Navigating the complexities of correcting annual tax returns requires specialized expertise and dedicated resources. Putranto Alliance is committed to providing comprehensive support tailored to your unique tax needs. Here is how we can help:

  1. Expert Guidance: The team of experienced professionals offer expert guidance throughout the correction process, ensuring compliance with tax regulations.
  2. Document Preparation: The team assists in preparing and reviewing all necessary documents, ensuring accuracy and completeness.
  3. Compliance Assurance: The team ensures that the corrected tax returns comply with local regulations and industry standards, mitigating legal risks.
  4. Support and Training: The team provides training and support to help you understand the correction process and navigate the requirements effectively.
  5. Dispute Resolution: In case of disputes, the team offers mediation and legal support to reach equitable resolutions that preserve your interests.


The correction of annual tax returns is regulated by the Ministry of Finance Regulation (PMK) Number 18/PMK.03/2021 and the General Tax Provisions and Procedures Law (UU KUP).
Taxpayers can correct various types of errors, including misreported income, incorrect deductions or credits, miscalculated tax liabilities, and omissions such as not reporting dividends. The goal is to ensure that the corrected return accurately reflects the financial situation of the taxpayer.
Taxpayers who voluntarily correct their Annual Tax Returns resulting in an increased tax liability will be subject to administrative sanctions in the form of interest at a monthly rate determined by the Minister of Finance on the outstanding tax amount. This sanction is applied for a maximum of 24 months.
Yes, taxpayers can correct their annual tax return multiple times as needed. Each correction must be submitted separately, indicating the correction number each time.
Once an Examination Notification Letter or an Open Preliminary Examination Notification Letter has been issued by the tax authorities, the taxpayer cannot voluntarily correct the annual tax return for the years under examination. Corrections must be made before receiving these notices.

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