Getting advice? Yes, but be alert:
There are countless of agencies who are offering advice and services about visas, how to optimise taxes etc. But, some “solutions” they offer might work for a while, but are not long-term solutions and legally bulletproof. There are many “schemes & solutions” that are grey area or even illegal, which can backfire heavily. Indonesia is becoming more and more organized and strict.
Many foreigners who live here are more than happy to share their experiences and give advice, although many are simply anecdotal. Oftentimes illegal, these foreigners have trusted unreliable agencies or completely overlook the tax laws. Very common is still for example, that foreigners “buy a piece of land, using a local person as a nominee” and that’s problematic on so many levels and can result in losing the entire investment.
Therefore, particularly if you are interested in investing in Bali (land or businesses) we strongly advise you to work with a reliable and reputable agent and always get a second or third opinion. Bali offers plenty of opportunities and an amazing life-style and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Enjoy our Guide to ‘Moving to and living in Bali’