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Shortcomings found in collection of land fees

Update: July, 31/2015 - 09:22
Illustrative photo. Shortcomings have been found in the collection of land-use fee from individuals and organis-ations who want to change the use of the land they lease from the State. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Shortcomings have been found in the collection of land-use fee from individuals and organis-ations who want to change the use of the land they lease from the State, a conference was told in Ha Noi yesterday.

The conference was organised by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment to discuss perfecting current laws and regulations covering land use, said Nguyen Thang, deputy director of the institute.

Bui Ngoc Tuan, from the Viet Nam Land Association, said that Decree No.45, issued in 2014 to instruct agencies to implement the law, regulated that an individual or organisation, who wanted to transfer land-use purpose from agricultural land to commercial land, such as open a restaurant or hotel, did not need to pay a land-use fee.

However, individuals and organisations who want to transfer land-use from agricultural land to build homes for sale are still required to pay the fee.

"This is unfair to those who want to do business in the housing sector," he said.

Tuan also said that, to avoid paying fees, residents were transferring farm land to housing land without telling authorised agencies.

Tran Tu Cuong, from the institute, said that the methods of evaluating land for land-use fees was inadequate.

It has caused losses for the State Budget, he said.

Participants at the conference recommended that agencies should conduct review the implementation of land law in all localities. — VNS

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