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Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department: Enhancing rate of e-tax collection and refund

08:11 | 29/08/2017

VCN- Managing over 180,000 active businesses with over 120,000 businesses arising tax declaration, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department is applying many programs to collect and refund the e-tax and facilitate tax payers.

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According to Mr. Tran Ngoc Tam, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, managing a large number of businesses, the Department regularly promotes administrative procedure reform to facilitate tax payers to fulfill their obligations. Until the end of July 2017, the number of businesses registering tax account to pay e-tax at Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department reached 99.43% compared to active businesses. In which, the number of accounts successfully registering e-tax at commercial banks reached 96.01% compared to active businesses. The number of businesses declared tax via the internet reached nearly 100%. The Department shall expand the e-invoice system with authentication codes of Tax authority for businesses in the City. In the first 7 months of 2017, the number of invoices sent for receiving authentication codes of 500,000 invoices with total revenues was 20,0000 billion VND.

Currently, on average, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department refunded tax for 9,000-10,000 dossiers with the total amount of tax refund from 16,000 to 18,000 billion VND per year. With the huge amount of tax refund, if refund tax is implemented late, it will cause a big loss for businesses. In order to shorten the time of tax refund, the Tax authority strengthened e-tax refund. Ho Chi Minh City Customs completed the pilot application of information technology in VAT refund for 89 businesses under the registered list with the General Department of Taxation. Regularly contacting with tax payers via email for exchanging information between Tax authority and businesses, and guiding new tax policies and removing regular obstacles of businesses in a timely fashion.

From May 2017, the Ho Chi Minh Customs Department has received dossiers and returned results of VAT refund electronically. As a result, to the end of July 2017, the Department received and refunded tax nearly 100 billion VND. At the same time, Customs Branches have expanded the authorized collection, implemented the tasks to promote the development of businesses in the City and convert large household businesses into businesses and minimize the time of the on-site audit. The Tax authority must become the most intelligent authority which applies IT the best and the most efficiently.

Promoting administrative procedure reform, innovating and enhancing the quality of inspection and audit, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department has developed a database of 180, 000 businesses for risk management, and selected 10-15% of businesses with the sign of violations to inspect and audit. Thereby shortening the time of on-site tax audit. Maintaining the implementation of authorized collection for business individuals paying tax under package method with Vietnam Post-Ho Chi Minh City Post in some Tax Branches. The Department collaborated with Vietnam Post-Ho Chi Minh City Post to preliminarily summarize the pilot implementation of authorized tax collection for business individuals paying tax under package method to evaluate achievements and shortcomings to effectively implement the authorized tax collection.

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The Director General of Taxation Bui Van Nam was committed to the Ho Chi Minh City business community in Ho Chi Minh City at the recent conference on commenting taxpayers that in 2017, the Taxation would propose the Ministry of Finance to amend regulations and policies to remove difficulties and barriers for businesses. Specifically, the taxation would propose the Ministry of Finance to submit revised laws of VAT Law, Corporate Income Tax Law, Personal Income Tax law, and Severance Tax law. Especially, from now to the end of the year, the General Department of Taxation would promote to complete the promulgation of new Decree on the invoice, in which supplementing content on e-invoice to replace Decree 51/2010/ND-CP. This new Decree would make a change on invoice management based on national database development.

Along with changes in management policies, the Taxation will reform the e- tax payment process in line with e-government. The pilot scope of the e-tax refund will also be expanded in all provinces and cities in the country. Besides, IT application, priority to new management methods to reduce costs for businesses and modernization of the management in line with the fourth technology revolution are taking place widely.

By Le Thu/Ngoc Loan