Tax authority proposes to erase VND12 trillion irrecoverable debts

Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 07:58

The planned tax debt elimination contains interest and administrative fines on late payments but does not include the original debts. — Photo

The General Department of Taxation (GDT) has proposed to erase VND12 trillion (US$515 million) out of total VND30 trillion irrecoverable tax debts.

The planned tax debt elimination contains interest and administrative fines on late payments but does not include the original debts, Luu Duc Huy, director of the GDT’s Policy Department, said.

In recent years, the National Assembly has amended and supplemented many tax laws, leading to changes in tax policies. However, no regulations on resolving outstanding tax debts in the long run have been promulgated.

The Government has assigned the Ministry of Finance to review and complete the draft resolution on clearing tax debts that are not able to be collected and submit it to the National Assembly Standing Committee for comments, which will be included in the 2019 law and ordinance building programme.

The proposed deletion is applicable for seven groups of taxpayers including those who died, were missing and lost civil act capacity, and enterprises who went bankrupt, were dissolved, terminated business operation, did not operate at the registered business addresses, had business registration certificates revoked or faced force majeure hardship, Huy told

According to GDT, the total outstanding debts reached around VND30 trillion ($1.3 billion) by the end of 2018, of which tax arrears were more than VND17 trillion, interests and penalties for late payments were nearly VND12 trillion.

There are many reasons for this situation. First of all, there are 2,635 taxpayers who were dead, missing or lost civil act capacity with tax debts of VND460 billion.

There are 24,113 enterprises that were dissolved but did not follow dissolution procedures and they owed tax of VND2.07 trillion. In addition, 216 enterprises were insolvent and went bankrupt but failed to pay tax of VND398 billion.

Notably, there are about 731,696 taxpayers abandoning their business addresses or having their business registration certificates revoked who owed tax amounts of nearly VND23.9 trillion.

“The Tax Administration Law stipulates that the late payment interest is 0.03 per cent per day on the overdue payments. This is a necessary sanction,” GDT said.

Total fines and interest on late payments of all mentioned above taxpayers reached VND12 trillion by the end of 2018 but were unable to be collected, the taxation authority said.

In cases the authority finds out the tax debt elimination did not follow the law or the taxpayer resumes production or business operation or establishes a new business, the elimination decision would be cancelled, and the taxpayer must still pay the tax debt, it said.

This resolution will take effect on January 1 next year and will be implemented within three years from the effective date.  VNS

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