Government approves VAT cut till year end

The Government has just approved the reduction in value-added tax (VAT) on goods and services from July 1 to December 31 this year, in conformity with Resolution 142/2024/QH15 adopted by the National Assembly on June 29.

Under Decree 72 dated June 30, the VAT cut to 8 percent from 10 percent, which has been put in place since 2022, is not applicable to such services and products as telecommunications, finance, banking, security, insurance, real estate business, coke and chemical products, and goods and services subject to special consumption tax.

It has been consistently applied in import, export, production and trade.

The decree also stipulates the order and procedures to carry out the tax incentive.

Government approves VAT cut till year end
Government approves VAT cut till year end (Illustration)

Also on July 1, several fees and charges will be reduced till the end of the year to remove bottlenecks for enterprises and prop up their business activities, under a circular of the Ministry of Finance.

Accordingly, a 50 percent decrease will be applied for fees for the establishment and operation of banks and non-bank credit institutions, the issuance of the citizen identification cards, and registration of intellectual property protection, appraisal and approval of fire prevention and fighting designs, and use of railway infrastructure, among others.

Reductions from 10-30 percent are applied to fees for issuing licenses and permits for civil aviation operations, entry and exit permits for restricted airport areas, and customs fees for foreign flights landing in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the securities industry sees a 50 percent reduction in most fees and charges, except for licensing fees of securities professionals and supervision fees for securities activities.

This marks the fourth time the ministry has imposed fee reductions of 10-50 percent, which is estimated to have a budgetary impact of about VND 700 billion (USD 29.1 million).


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