12 July 2017

Grab, Uber subjected to tax checks

The General Department of Taxation recently sent a document requesting the HCM City Department of Taxation to inspect the tax payments of Uber B.V Netherlands Co Ltd and GrabTaxi Co Ltd.

Traditional taxi firms claim that they have been subject to a variety of taxes and charges while Uber and Grab were only subject to a tax of 4 to 5 per cent of revenue.

With about 30,000 taxis in Ha Noi and HCM City, traditional taxi firms must pay an average tax of VND2 trillion (US$91.7 million) annually, while the tax agencies have collected only VND20 billion per year from 31,000 contracted cars using Uber and Grab applications, online newspaper VnExpress reports.

Nguyen Thi Hanh, director of department of personal income tax management, said that it is necessary to introduce a suitable tax policy for foreign enterprises doing business in Viet Nam without legal entity and accounting books to fulfill tax obligations.

However, representatives of the taxi apps have claimed that they did not evade taxes.

The online newspaper quoted Jerry Jim, director of Grab Viet Nam, as saying that Grab is a technology company and does not own any means of transport. Instead, they co-operate with transportation service providers to exploit their registered idle cars.

Jim also emphasised that the company understands the concerns of Vietnamese Government over traffic jam reduction, and they are working actively with the authorities to complete compliance with Vietnamese law.

The Ministry of Transport will provide information to the tax agencies to clarify Uber and Grab taxes soon.

Nguyen Hong Truong, deputy minister of transport, said the ministry will work with the Ministry of Finance, especially the General Department of Taxation, to share documents and calculate tax management options more tightly to avoid inequality in tax collection.

According to the General Department of Taxation, not only Uber and Grab, but also more than half of traditional taxi businesses reported losses in the past and did not pay corporate income tax. Other traditional taxi businesses payed taxes, but the paid amount was very low. — VNS



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