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Business cries foul over plans for Indonesia e-commerce tax

Plan to spare social media from proposed levy 'will hit online marketplaces'

Resi Fahma sells homemade blackboards on Indonesian online marketplaces. (Courtesy of Resi Fahma)

JAKARTA -- Resi Fahma, a young mother from the West Java city of Depok, relied on Instagram posts to generate sales when she launched a business selling homemade blackboards in 2015. Initially, business was slow, but sales almost doubled after she placed her products on three of Indonesia's leading online marketplace platforms, Tokopedia, Bukalapak and Shopee.

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