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Tax Authorities, VCCI Fostering Cooperation for Sustainable Business Community of Vietnam

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The cooperation between tax authorities - both at central and local levels - with VCCI and its local branches has had a long history since VCCI was established, particularly has become more vibrant in recent years. A series of programmes such as “Business dialogue on tax and customs policies and procedures” held annually; introductory days and training courses on newly issued tax policies and administrative procedures have shown the close cooperation between GDT and VCCI for the highest purpose of creating favourable conditions for enterprises to develop sustainably and pay taxes to the State budget.
VCCI has gathered a lot of opinions from the business community and sent them to tax authorities. The tax sector sees this as an important consultative channel before submitting its proposals to the Ministry of Finance, the Government and the National Assembly before they make decisions on tax policies and administrative procedures.
Opinions related to tax and customs officials at the service via VCCI are also taken into consideration and seen as an effective information channel by the tax sector for better performance. Before submitting legal documents on tax or decisions on business to competent authorities for promulgation, the General Department of Taxation works closely with VCCI to collect various comments from businesses and taxpayers nationwide. Opinions and suggestions of enterprises and taxpayers are recorded, collected and processed in time to shape a better investment and business environment. Tax policies and administrative procedures are more streamlined to better serve taxpayers. Therefore, at the annual dialogue conference on tax policies and administrative procedures for domestic and foreign enterprises or at tax-related forums, the devotion and professionalism of tax officials has been appreciated by VCCI and the business community nationwide. The tax sector’s strong reform and pioneering application of information technology, and supportsfor most people and businesses in the past year show the powerful transformation of Vietnam’s tax sector for the business community, for taxpayers and for corporate sustainability.
In 2016 and 2017, the General Department of Taxation actively executed Resolutions 19, Resolution 35 and Resolution 36a of the Government to reduce administrative procedures, build an e-government, and provide the most favourable conditions for taxpayers. Its electronic taxing system served 99.71 per cent of declaration forms and 97.57 per cent of tax payment for enterprises. The sector piloted verified electronic invoices for more than 200 companies; sped up the deployment of electronic tax declaration and payment by individuals leasing houses or transferring real estate; piloted electronic declaration and payment of registration fees for automobiles and motorcycles in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and provided online services for 127 administrative procedures at Level 3 and Level 4 (out of 336 administrative procedures) and continue to expand the scope in the coming time.
According to the Doing Business Report published by the World Bank (WB) on October 31, 2017, the ease of doing business in Vietnam ranked 68th out of 190 countries and territories (jumping 14 places) while its tax payment index leaped 81 places to 86thfrom 167th place out of 190 countries and territories. Vietnam ranked fourth among ASEAN countries, thus fulfilling the tax goal stated in the Government’s Resolution 19-2017/NQ-CP before time. This is the fourth year in a row that tax reform has been positively recognised in the Doing Business Report. Tax reforms are also illustrated in the latest Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) Report released by VCCI in 2017. The pickup of all tax reform indicators showed positive signals and good remarks from enterprises and taxpayers for tax reform. Supported by VCCI, businesses and taxpayers understand more about the tax sector’s reform efforts and processes for the sake of taxpayers and about its companionship for the sustainable development of the Vietnamese economy and for the national prosperity.
In the coming time, I believe that the tax sector will continue to have closer cooperation with VCCI to learn about proposals and contributions of enterprises and taxpayers to tax policies and administrative procedures as well as about attitude of its employees to taxpayers to perfect tax policies and administrative procedures to meet national economic integration and development.

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