April 21, 2024 | 08:40 GMT+7

Vietnam Proposes Overhaul of Value Added Tax Law to Boost Revenue and Competitiveness

David Tran -

Government Pushes for Amendment to Value Added Tax Law, Adding 12 Taxable Goods

Broadening the Tax Base: 12 New Taxable Goods Identified (Photo source: Tap chi luat su)
Broadening the Tax Base: 12 New Taxable Goods Identified (Photo source: Tap chi luat su)

In a bid to streamline tax policies and bolster revenue streams, the Vietnamese government has just tasked the Ministry of Finance to provide a significant overhaul of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law.

This initiative aims to align with domestic economic realities and international best practices. 

Broadening the Tax Base: 12 New Taxable Goods Identified

Discussions at the government level highlight the intricacies and implications of this extensive legislative endeavor.

Beyond revenue augmentation, the amendments aim to cultivate an environment conducive to domestic production, exports, and economic growth.

By harmonizing VAT policies with international norms, policymakers envision incentivizing investment, spurring consumption, and facilitating exports.

The proposed amendments seek to expand the tax base by including 12 additional goods and services under VAT, notably fertilizers, specialized machinery and equipment for agricultural production, and offshore fishing vessels. This shift departs from the previous framework, which exempted these items from VAT obligations.

Subjecting fertilizers to a 5% VAT rate aims to level the playing field for domestic producers and enhance their competitiveness. The measure is expected to fortify the agricultural sector, a cornerstone of Vietnam's economy.

In tandem with expanding the tax base, the proposed amendments prioritize enhancing the efficiency and transparency of VAT refund mechanisms. The Ministry of Finance undertakes a meticulous review of existing regulations to refine these mechanisms and minimize administrative bottlenecks.

Embracing Consultative Processes and Institutional Reforms

Central to the amendment process is the government's commitment to inclusive policymaking and institutional reform. Extensive consultations with stakeholders aim to solicit diverse perspectives and refine the draft legislation.

Aligning with broader policy directives underscores Vietnam's commitment to fostering a conducive business environment and promoting socio-economic development.

As Vietnam navigates towards economic resilience and sustainability, proposed amendments to the Value Added Tax Law represent a pivotal step in fortifying the country's fiscal framework.

By broadening the tax base, enhancing competitiveness, and streamlining administrative processes, policymakers aspire to navigate the evolving economic landscape with agility and foresight.

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