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Tax watchdog to enhance inspection this year

 The General Department of Taxation plans to inspect tax compliance at 19.5 per cent of businesses in 2020, the department’s Director Cao Anh Tuan said on Tuesday.



Hoa Binh Province Department of Taxation. The General Department of Taxation targeted to inspect tax compliance at least 19.5 per cent of businesses in 2020. — Photo



Focus would be placed on firms operating in sectors at high risk of tax evasion, such as new business lines, companies with related-party transactions, companies reporting losses for years and having signs of transfer pricing.

In 2019, more than 96,240 inspections were carried out which helped collected an additional sum of VND13.8 trillion (US$595 million) for the State budget. Last year, the tax watchdog revealed violations at a number of companies, including big ones like Coca-Cola, Heineken Vietnam and Standard Chartered.

Accordingly, Coca-Cola must pay more than VND821 billion in additional taxes and fines while the sum for Standard Chartered was VND19.05 billion, and for Heineken Viet Nam VND917.2 billion.

Last year, 816 companies with related party transactions were inspected.

The Inspection Department under the General Department of Taxation said that it was necessary to develop a database about profit margins as a base to prevent transfer pricing.

Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung asked inspection to be enhanced to prevent transfer pricing as well as tax avoidance of big business households, e-commerce businesses, restaurants and catering services and other new business lines in the sharing economy.

In addition, Dung asked the tax department to hasten administrative reforms to create favourable condition for businesses.

In 2020, the tax watchdog targeted to collect 3 per cent more than the Government’s plan of VND1.254 quadrillion for the State budget.

Tax collection totalled more than VND1.276 quadrillion in 2019, 9.3 per cent higher than the plan and up 11.2 per cent over 2018. — VNS

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