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Improvement of the business environment: The Ministry of Finance focuses on Tax and Customs reform

09:18 | 04/03/2017

VCN- The Ministry of Finance has officially issued an Action plan to implement Government Resolution No. 19-2017/NQ-CP on the tasks and key measures to improve the business environment and enhance national competitiveness in 2017, towards 2020.

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Dr. Tran Xuan Long, the Deputy Director of the Legal Department under the Ministry of Finance.

Regarding this issue, a reporter of the Customs Newspaper had an interview with Dr. Tran Xuan Long, the Deputy Director of the Legal Department under the Ministry of Finance.

Improvement of the business environment and enhancement of national competitiveness are priorities to promote the economy rapidly and sustainably. In recent times, the Ministry of Finance has been considered to be one of the leading agencies actively implementing Resolution 19. Please tell us about some outstanding results that the Ministry of Finance has achieved, Sir?

With a drastic direction of the Ministry of Finance and a specific, creative and flexible plan, the administrative reform of the Ministry of Finance has achieved good results, highly appreciated by the society and the business community.

In 2016, the Ministry of Finance completed 75 of 118 tasks assigned by the Government in accordance with Resolution No. 19-2016/NQ-CP. Specifically, Taxation has reviewed and issued 7 administrative procedures and abolished 92 administrative procedures. Accordingly, administrative procedures in the field of Taxation were reduced from 385 administrative procedures (by 31st December 2015) to 300 administrative procedures, with a decrease of 22.1% (minimum requirement of reduction is 10%). In addition, Taxation will continue to expand the tax system on the Internet to connect to the business community; expand the application of electronic tax payment services; complete the issuance of automatic tax codes and tax refunds in 5 Tax Departments (Ha Noi, Dong Nai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong and Binh Duong).

In the field of Customs, Customs has conducted electronic Customs procedures in all Customs units; implemented electronic payment portals at 34 of 34 Customs Departments; implemented a system processing electronic information manifest (e-Manifest) at seaports; and implemented automated Customs clearance system (VNACSS/VCIS) as well as other Customs procedures on a national scale. The National Single Window has connected with 10 of 14 Ministries. In addition to Customs clearance procedures, Customs has conducted 36 administrative procedures through the National Single Window. Till now, Customs has provided 181 public online services related to Customs administrative procedures (including 119 online services at the level 3 and 4).

These activities have reduced costs and time of implementation of administrative procedures, thereby, contributed to improving the country's business environment and enhancing national competitiveness.

In early February 2017, the Government issued the 4th Resolution 19 and the Ministry of Finance also had a specific action plan. Please tell us about the objectives of the Ministry of Finance in the administrative reform this year? What is the innovation in the indicators compared to 3 years ago, Sir?

In accordance with the tasks assigned by the Government, in 2017, we have been given some very specific targets to strive for.

Specifically, Vietnam Taxation will strive for the average of ASEAN-4 group with 3 groups of indicators (tax refund, risk management in tax inspection and examination; timing and results processing tax complaints). Besides, Taxation will shorten the time of tax payment to less than 168 hours per year (with tax payment of 119 hours and insurance payment of 49 hours); improve the ranking of Vietnam Taxation published by the World Bank from 167th place to 100th place. By the end of 2017, most of the public online services under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance related to people and the business community will be provided at level 3 and 4.

By 2020, the maximum time of tax payment will be 110 hours per year; the clearance time of goods across the border will be less than 60 hours for exported goods and 80 hours for imported goods.

In order to improve the production and business environment, enhance the national competitiveness, and strive to complete the assigned tasks in line with Resolution 19 in 2017, what will the Ministry of Finance focus on, Sir?

With the plan we set out, there are 175 outputs to fully complete the assigned tasks and achieve the targets.

Among them, we particularly focus on two areas: Taxation and Customs which are highly appreciated by the World Bank.

Specifically, Customs will have 13 task groups with 36 solutions associated with 57 outputs focusing on improvement of the automated Customs clearance system VNACCS/VCIS; consolidation and expansion of administrative procedures through the National Single Window; active coordination with Ministries and Departments to enhance the efficiency of specialized inspections; and expansion of specialized inspection stations at the border area.

Taxation will have 7 task groups with 20 solutions and 31 outputs focusing on improvement and amendment of policies to create favourable conditions for the business community and taxpayers. Specifically, Taxation shall create favourable conditions for taxpayers to declare, pay tax, perform tax refund and settle complaints; continue expansion of electronic tax declaration and payment of rental operations, electronic tax payment of registration fees, and personal income tax on the transfer of real estate; conduct pilot electronic declaration and payment of registration fees for automobiles and motorcycles; and pilot electronic tax payment through authorized organizations.

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VCN - This is one of the important tasks set out in Resolution 19-2017/NQ-CP on further implementation ...

Thank you!

By Hong Van/ Hoang Anh