Enterprises’ business licence fee may be tripled

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The business licence fee for enterprises is likely to double or triple in the coming period, according to a draft decree by the Ministry of Finance.

Under the draft decree, the ministry has proposed four fee levels for businesses.

A taxwoman instructs her customer in making procedures at a taxation office in Ha Noi. The business licence fee for enterprises may be double or triple by the beginning of next year. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
A taxwoman instructs her customer in making procedures at a taxation office in Ha Noi. The business licence fee for enterprises may be double or triple by the beginning of next year. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

For instance, businesses with registered capital of between VND10 billion (US$447,828) and under VND100 billion would have to pay a fee of VND5 million per year, while those with over VND100 billion would be regarded as large businesses and would have to pay a business licence fee of VND10 million per year.

Businesses with charter capital of under VND10 billion would pay VND3 million per year.

Business households and individuals with an annual turnover of over VND300 million would have to pay VND1 million per year. Those earning between VND100 million and under VND300 million per year would have to pay VND300,000.

Business households and individuals with an annual turnover of below VND100 million would be exempt from paying this fee.

To encourage fishermen to hold onto their sea-based business, the ministry proposed an exemption for salt-making households, fisheries and aquaculture households and fishery logistics service providers.

If the draft decree is approved by the Prime Minister, it will replace the current business licence tax from January 1, 2017, when the new Law on Charges and Fees takes effect.

Under the new decree, it will be called a fee rather than a tax.

Currently, the State budget’s annual revenue from business licence tax is around VND1.7 trillion. Once the draft decree is enacted, the ministry expects to collect some VND2.7 trillion per year.

Speaking at a press conference held by the Finance Ministry in Ha Noi on March 31, Deputy Minister Vu Thi Mai said the current decree was outdated as it was issued in 2002, when the minimum salary was VND290,000 per month. Meanwhile, the current minimum salary is VND1.15 million, which will be raised to VND1.21 million in the future.

“The new decree does not originate from the State budget’s difficulties. It’s intended to match the business situation of the last 14 years,” Mai said.

“The business licence tax was based on the minimum salary level. Therefore, the current tax level is not suitable for the increased minimum salary,” Mai said.

Mai said the ministry was gathering ideas from other ministries, sectors and localities to revise other unreasonable issues or to provide an explanation for them.

The draft decree was made public on March 25. The ministry will complete it and submit it to the Government in July.

It is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2017.

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