Ministry of Finance

VAT Collection (On Imports) To Start Next Month

[:en]The Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance will begin collecting Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments next month with the department readying equipment and human resources. “At the beginning we will be collecting VAT at the first Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge between Nong Khai Province and Vientiane followed by the other international border crossings,” Acting Director-General of the Customs Department, Mr. Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout told local media during a press conference on Friday.[:]

The ‘New’ VAT on Importation of Goods

[:en]A development in the value-added tax (VAT) sphere of Laos has caused quite a stir on social media recently, following the issuance of a Decision by the Ministry of Finance and its subsequent reporting in the media. Given the ‘hoo-hah’ surrounding the development, we thought we’d weigh in with some commentary on it.[:]

VAT to be levied at border crossings, effective immediately

[:en]All people who enter Laos bringing with them goods valued at over US$50 will have to pay 10 percent of the goods value to the government as VAT, with the decision already in force. This is in line with an order by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Somdy Duangdy, dated 30 August 2016.[:]

Tax take set to increase next year

[:en]The Taxation Department of the Ministry of Finance is aiming to introduce new land and road tax rates to boost government revenue for next fiscal year. According to the Taxation Department’s report for the first seven months of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, they were yet to determine what the percentage increase would be for the numerous categories of land and road tax.[:]

Tax Alert: Revised Tax Law Pending

[:en]The Lao Government ‘slipped through’ a revised tax law recently (Amended Tax Law No. 70/NA, dated 15 December 2015), with the law set to take effect next week on 24 May 2016. But fear not: much of the revised law is similar to the law it replaces, the Tax Law (2011), with a few new inclusions, revisions and corrections.[:]

Tax payments decline over seven months

[:en]The Taxation Department reported recently that tax payments across the country had decreased 5.1 percent during the first seven months of the 2015-16 fiscal year, in comparison to the previous year.[:]



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