Automakers propose Gov’t cut VAT and registration fee for customers

Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 22:58

Customers at a Toyota showroom in Ha Noi. Toyota is a member of VAMA, which has recently proposed the Government to cut 50 per cent of VAT and registration fee for customers. — Photo Toyota Motor Vietnam

Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) has proposed the Government reduce value-added tax (VAT) and registration fees for car customers by 50 per cent, reports

The proposal was made as a series of automobile factories in Viet Nam face the risk of reducing production, suspending operations for a while, or even closing due to the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will cause hundreds of thousands of job losses.

VAMA wanted the Government to extend the payment deadlines of VAT and special consumption tax for businesses from this month to September this year, and corporate income tax until March 31 next year. Meanwhile, the personal income tax should be decreased for employees.

“It’s necessary to promulgate a general stimulus package for economic development, extend commercial loan packages so that enterprises have time to recover production and business and pay debts,” VAMA said.

If VAMA's proposals are approved by the Government, the price of cars of all kinds are expected to decline sharply.

Some VAMA members have failed to conduct factory expansion because foreign engineers, experts and skilled workers are not able to enter Viet Nam due to immigration restrictions. Meanwhile, some facilities and equipment to expand factories have not yet been imported, affecting the implementation progress of projects.

In terms of part supply, it is forecast that many part producers and automakers will be directly affected because many countries have restricted travelling from one or many areas, even the whole country to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, many businesses may reduce production or even consider closing for a certain period.

According to a report by the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Industry, Viet Nam imported auto parts worth nearly US$4 billion in the first two months of this year, the main volume of which came from South Korea with $1.14 billion (28.5 per cent), Japan $0.72 billion (18.04 per cent) and China $0.7 billion (18 per cent). It’s estimated that automakers will lack parts for production at the end of this month. — VNS

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