Circular No.96/2015/TT-BTC dated 22 June 2015 guiding changes prescribed in Decree 12/2015/ND-CP and amending three circulars of corporate income tax (“CIT”) including 78/2014/TT-BTC, 119/2014/TT-BTC and 151/2014/TT-BTC.
Content of the new Law
This Circular provides considerable changes in CIT incentives, and tax deductible expenses which could bring more advantages to corporations in general and companies in the high technology sector.
The method to apply and extend CIT incentives is amended in order to be aligned with the new Law on Investment. Accordingly, new investment project stated in the list of industrial support products prioritized for development are subject to 15 years of 10% CIT rate, 4 years of CIT exemption and 9 years of CIT reduction, provided that such products support the sectors of either high technology as stated in the Law on Technology, or garment, textile footwear, information technology automobile production, and are not able to be produced in Vietnam as at 01 Januray 2015 or meet the EU quality standards if these products are domestically produced.
In addition, investment projects which were not, in general, entitled to any CIT incentives previously or located in areas where such are not encouraged in the past, will be allowed to apply for the new and favourable CIT incentives regime in the remainder of phases from the tax year 2015.
The circular also modifies regulations of tax deductible expenses. Consequently, the caps on business trip per-diems are abolished; documents to prove expenses arising from renting individual’s assets is now simpler; certain expenses related to staff training are fully deductible for tax declaration; and the calculation method applied to non-deductible interests on debt corresponding to the portion of charter capital not yet contributed is regulated in detail.
Some other changes and supplements related to losses carried forward to the next year of real easte conveyance, tax-exempted income and dossier of CIT declaration and payment are prescribed in detail in this circular.
Implications for Business
From the aforementioned points, the circular is expected to support corporations in circumstances of new investment law. In order to assist companies in applying such circular, the Ministry of Finance issued dispatch 2512/TCT-CS to briefly summarize the new contents in this Circular.
The simpler application to calculate the CIT and the lifting of caps on trip expenses for tax are to bring a business-friendly environment for corporations when it comes to tax expense management. As a result, this is expected to lead to more active investment in Vietnam, and contribute to the country’s investment climate.
The Circular 96/2015/TT-BTC will come into effect from 6 August 2015.
By Vietnam Law Insight (LNT & Partners)
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