tax matters to go online
HA NOI — Vietnamese
businesses will receive support to apply information technology (IT) in their
operations as part of an agreement reached yesterday between the Viet Nam
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the General Department of Taxation
The IT application support
programme for Vietnamese businesses is part of a comprehensive Government plan
to upgrade the taxation system by 2010.
The programme, which
consists of five major parts, aims to help businesses register their tax
payments electronically and build an e-commerce and economic news centre linked
with the GDT’s website – a move that will provide VCCI member-companies with
According to the
agreement, the two parties will conduct surveys on IT application in terms of
tax payments and provide businesses with intensive IT training.
GDT Director Nguyen Van
Ninh said the agreement will help businesses access a more transparent and more
effective tax payment system and as a result, businesses will be able to improve
Corporate income tax
currently accounts for 70 per cent of domestic tax collection, according to the
The VCCI has often
organised seminars to assist enterprises to apply information technology to the
process of international integration.
Research conducted by the
VCCI and the International Data Group (IDG) in 2004-05 found that most
Vietnamese businesses have invested poorly in IT.
As much as 97.3 per cent
of surveyed enterprises had not yet applied e-commerce in their business, 93 per
cent had internet access, and only 71.1 per cent had websites.
Nguyen Van Thao, Director
of the VCCI’s Institute of Information Technology for Business (ITB),
attributed the modest IT use in domestic firms to ineffective co-operation
between enterprises applying IT and IT service and product suppliers.
He said that domestic
enterprises were reluctant to invest in IT because they lacked information about
its advantages. Likewise, IT service and product suppliers were facing
difficulties in marketing because of a shortage of information about customer
needs. — VNS