City leader tells tax agency to check evasion

Nguyen Thi Hong, vice chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, has asked tax and other agencies to soon begin verifying tax payments by enterprises.

Representatives of enterprises file corporate tax documents at the HCMC Department of Taxation (Photo: SGGP)

Speaking at a meeting with the taxation, finance, and market management departments after Sai Gon Giai Phong reported tax evasion by many enterprises, she said the Department of Taxation has to educate people about the need to obtain invoices when buying goods.
 
The market management and tax departments should detect and penalize all tax evaders, Ms. Hong said.
 
She ordered tax officials to list enterprises that have incurred losses for three years but remain in operation, and recommend measures to turn them around.
 
She called for reviewing and amending tax regulations so that they are reasonable but also deter violations.
 
The Department of Taxation has to establish a stringent system of reward and punishment to encourage its officials but also deter them from committing violations, she said.
 
She ordered the Department of Finance to check companies’ books and the tax department to submit its inspection results to the People’s Committee by August 23 so that it can report to the Prime Minister.
 
Ms. Hong hailed the tax department for working hard since the number of enterprises in the city has risen by 10,000 a year to 100,000 now but the number of its employees has not increased.

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By H.Ni – Translated by Hoang Yen

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