Chairman Phong explains taxation, preschool management

As per suggestion of Chairwoman of People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam on December 6, Chairman of Ho Chi MInh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong had explanations of preschool quality and taxation management.

Chairman Phong explains taxation, preschool management

Upon the preschool management, Mr. Phong affirmed agencies and local governments always take heeds to adopt preferential policies for development of preschool education.
Annually, HCMC allocates around VND3,400 billion, accounting for 11.7 percent for education and training excluding regular spending; of the amount, VND1,300 billion is poured into preschool education, accounting for 3.8 percent.
Building and expanding preschool are included government stimulus package which investors are eligible for borrowing up to VND100 billion. Since 2014, the city has approved 14 preschool projects in the stimulus package with total investment of VND 916 billion; moreover, additional 81 other projects in the program to call for social contribution for building preschool with total investment of VND4,339 billion.
Averagely, the city has more 240 rooms for preschool children yearly. At present, the city has 1,200 preschools with 15,500 rooms. In nine districts with industrial parks and export processing zones, there are 600 facilities accounting for 50 percent.
Chairman Phong assessed that for years, network of non-public preschools is mushrooming; therefore, it helps reducing pressure for public schools. However, in some districts, local governments are to neglect supervision and training for teaching staffs leading to child abuse.
HCMC authorities has adopted measures to dress teaching and taking care of kids in private nurseries.

For instance, People’s Committee asked local administrations to instruct owners of private schools to complete paperwork as well as issue harsh punishment on violators. Owners are encouraged to install cameras.
In addition, local governments also enhance supervision on food safety and education for children.
Furthermore, relevant agencies will publicize licensed and unlicensed schools for parents to choose. Chiefs are local governments assigned duty and they are held accountable to the People’s Committee. Hence, if child abuse takes place, head of local government will have to assume full responsibility to the city.
When it comes to questions on taxation, Chairman Phong said that HCMC authorities continued solving barriers for taxpayers; moreover, all procedures are transparent.

Besides, it adopted new policy called “one door” in Vietnamese, meaning businesses only have to work with one agency instead of many – like stepping through only one door – to have their paperwork cleared.
So far, the city has sent SMS messages and email to facilitate taxpayers. A website was designed for start-up firms which really assisted 13,435 enterprises to solve its taxation difficulties.
99.4 percent of enterprises have registered to declare tax and 97.8 percent of enterprises registered to pay tax electronically, Mr. Phong informed. In November, the city collected the tax arrears and issued fines of VND3,688 billion to 19,104 firms.
Next time, HCMC will complete project to collect fees which have not collected before as well it will continue stepping up administrative reform, hi-tech application in taxation management and conversation exchange with enterprises.
Agreeing with the opinion on remaining debts, Chairman Phong confirmed relevant agencies will collect all debts and adopt measures against losses and create healthy environment in business. Relevant agencies will focus on major issues such as dubious banking transactions, capital transferring; e-commerce management.
One of important deed in the tax sector is to correct employees’ harassing behaviors. Mr. Phong said city leaders will keep tax payment procedure under observation; moreover, relevant agencies will send a confidential letter asking tax employees’ conduct on duty to have timely arrangement.

By staff writers - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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