Category: Vietnam

Tax decree and circular guiding the implementation of the new Tax Law effective from 1 January 2015

In order to guide the implementation of the Tax Law on amending key tax laws which was effective from January 20151, the following guidance regulations have been issued: Decree 12/2015/ND-CP dated 12 February 2015 of the Government (“Decree 12”); and Circular 26/2015/TT-BTC dated 27 February 2015 of the Ministry of… – Continue reading

China and Asia’s Free Trade Corridors and Beneficial Tax Agreements

Both China and most other Asian nations have been highly assertive in their use of Double Tax and Free Trade agreements over the past five years, as the reality of rising prices in China coupled with an emerging consumer class dictate that intra-Asian trade flows are growing as an astounding… – Continue reading

Transfer-pricing cases worse than expected, inspectors find

VietNamNet Bridge –Inspectors looking for transfer-pricing cases examined 2,866 enterprises in 2014, discovering that the actual losses incurred by businesses was VND5.8 trillion lower than reported. The inspectors also attempted to collect VND1.7 trillion worth of tax arrears. The deputy general director of the General Department of Taxation (GDT), Tran… – Continue reading

London: ‘a global haven for criminal financial activity’

London is a global haven for criminal financial activity – with billions of pounds laundered through British banks each day, according to the head of the UK’s National Crime Agency. “Many hundreds of billions of pounds of criminal money is almost certainly laundered through UK banks and their subsidiaries each… – Continue reading

Analysis of Asia’s Tax Rates, Part 2: Withholding Tax

A withholding tax is a tax that is kept back from an employee’s salary and subsequently paid directly to the government. Withholding taxes are commonly employed by countries throughout the world to help combat tax evasion. Countries in Asia typically divide withholding tax into dividends, interest and royalties payments, with… – Continue reading

Transferring Capital and Profit Into and Out of Vietnam

HCMC – Foreign exchange control is a paramount concern of all foreign investors entering into Vietnam, as regulations on capital inflows and outflows have a great influence on operations and profit. Foreign exchange control includes transferring capital into and out of the country, opening and using bank accounts, borrowing foreign… – Continue reading

Transfer pricing inflicting heavy losses

HA NOI (VNS) — Appropriate policies and enhanced management capacity are critical in the fight against transfer pricing to ensure a healthy business investment environment in Viet Nam, said experts on Wednesday. They were participating in an online discussion on the Government’s e-portal. Transfer pricing is causing losses to the… – Continue reading

Foreign-invested enterprises receive too many tax incentives: survey

VietNamNet Bridge – Recent surveys about the tax policies applied to foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) show that Vietnamese have become choosier about foreign direct investment (FDI) and FIEs (foreign-invested enterprises). “Do you think that the FIEs in Vietnam are transparent in tax payments?” was one survey question raised by Thoi Bao… – Continue reading

Foreign manufacturers use foreign parts suppliers to avoid tax: Analysts

VietNamNet Bridge – Foreign automobile and electronics manufacturers often choose foreign enterprises for their parts and accessory suppliers instead of Vietnamese companies because it allows them to engage in transfer pricing, some analysts have claimed. Samsung, Toyota, Canon and other giants in the manufacturing industry have complained many times that… – Continue reading

Hong Kong Signs on to New OECD Global Tax Standards

HONG KONG – The government of Hong Kong has recently announced that it will support the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) new global standards on the automatic exchange of information for the purpose of enhancing tax transparency and combating cross-border tax evasion. Earlier this year, the OECD released… – Continue reading

Bosses flee Vietnam, ignoring debts and taxes

VietNamNet Bridge – The bad news about tax evasion and debt repudiation cases by foreign invested companies has darkened Vietnam’s foreign direct investment (FDI) landscape. Tuoi Tre newspaper has reported that Austrian Harald Biebl, director of the HCM City-based Bach Hop Company, operational in Vietnam since 2005, has fled the… – Continue reading

Panama, Vietnam Conclude DTA Negotiations

July 1 — Officials from Panama and Vietnam June 26 concluded the second round of negotiations and reached an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, the Panama government announced June 26. The agreement was initialed by the Minister of… – Continue reading

Eni signs offshore deal with Vietnam

Seven-year program targets deep water reserves. MILAN, Italy, June 27 (UPI) –Italian energy company Eni said it signed an agreement with PetroVietnam to explore the deep waters off the coast of Vietnam for the next seven years. “This new agreement confirms Eni’s interest to continue and consolidate its presence in… – Continue reading

How to Get Your Profits Out of China

BEIJING – Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOEs) are able to repatriate funds out of China in a variety of forms, for which tax implications vary according to the form of repatriation used and the Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) in place between China and the recipient country. The four most commonly… – Continue reading