Mazars Vietnam Newsletter - Issue December 2019

We would like to bring you tax and legal updates in December 2019 with the following highlights influencing the corporate operations:

Operational Updates

Draft Decree amending and supplementing to Clause 3, Article 8 of Decree 20/2017/ND-CP prescribing tax administration of companies engaging in related-party transactions

On 12 December 2019, the Draft Decree amending and supplementing to Clause 3, Article 8 of Decree 20/2017/ND-CP was published by Ministry of Finance, with the main notable points as follow:

  • Determination of total interest expenses: Total interest expenses are the net interest expenses incurred in the concerned period (which equals interest expenses after being offset by interest income). The said interest expenses include loan interest expenses and any other items of the same nature, including the interest which is capitalized in the investment value as per accounting and tax regulations.
  • Deductibility of net interest expenses: The deductible net interest expenses (if any) for Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) purposes shall be capped at 30% of EBITDA (EBITDA is calculated as the sum of Operating profit, Net interest expenses and Depreciation of the concerned period).
  • In case EBITDA is less than or equal to 0: Net interest expenses incurred in the concerned period can be carried forward continuously and wholly into deductible net interest expenses within the next 5-year period.

Official letter 4593/TCT-KK on return of exported goods after Valued Added Tax (“VAT”) refund

On 08 November 2019, GDT issued OL 4593/TCT-KK guiding the case where exported goods are returned after settlement of VAT refund. In this case, the Company must make a supplemental tax declaration for the period in which the returned goods were previously declared as exported. In addition, the refunded VAT corresponding with the said exported revenue must be returned together with the interest on late payment according to the regulations.

Official letter 2724/CT-TTHT on CIT incentives in case the company amends its Investment Registration Certificate ("IRC")

According to OL 2724/CT-TTHT issued by Bac Ninh Tax Department on 19 November 2019, in case the Company registers additional business activities which are already included in the initial application dossier, however are not presented on the first IRC due to not yet fulfilling the required conditions, such registered business activities shall be considered the business activities of the initial investment project and are entitled to CIT incentives as for the new investment project.

Decree 90/2019/ND-CP prescribing the region-based minimum wages applicable to contractual employees

On 15 November 2019, the Government issued Decree 90/2019/ND-CP on region-based minimum wages applicable to employees working under labour contracts, which shall take effect from 01 January 2020, as follows:

  • For enterprises doing business in region I: VND4,420,000/month;
  • For enterprises doing business in region II: VND3,920,000/month;
  • For enterprises doing business in region III: VND3,430,000/month;
  • For enterprises doing business in region IV: VND3,070,000/month;

The list of Regions I, II, III and IV are prescribed in the Appendix enclosed with this Decree.

Official letter (“OL”) 4641/TCT-DNNCN regarding the PIT treatment on overtime payment

According to OL 4641/TCT-DNNCN issued by General Department of Taxation ("GDT") on 12 November 2019, employment income generated from working night shifts and overtime that is paid higher than normal working hourly rate shall be exempted from PIT, provided that the number of overtime hours are within the limit stipulated in Article 106 of the Labour Code.

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