HA NOI — The General Department of Taxation reports that there will be more than 100,000 enterprises implementing online tax declarations by the end of this year.
|People lodge tax returns at the Taxation Department in District 3, HCM City. Businesses are being encouraged to lodge their tax returns online. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
Alongside benefits such as time saving and lower costs, some disadvantages remain.
According to the department, the number of firms registering for online tax declarations reached up to 86,000 last year.
Viet Nam officially undertook online tax declarations in August 2009.
"Online tax declar-ations, certificate authority (CA) and digital signatures are much more simple and faster, helping companies save time and cut costs," said Nguyen Bao Khanh, deputy director of Sai Gon Alliance.
Nguyen Huu Quang, deputy director of Tri Quang Construction, agreed, saying that online tax declarations were more convenient in comparison with previous methods.
However, some companies have met with difficulties in carrying out declarations while others remain sceptical of the process.
A representative of Paylink Viet Nam told Bao Cong Thuong or Industry and Trade Newspaper that if firms implemented online tax declarations during working hours, they might struggle with internet congestion and unenthusiastic staff.
Whereas, according to Nguyen Ngoc Thuan, management board chairman of Khanh Binh, his business met impediments when it did not have certificates to verify it had submitted tax declaration documents. Consequently, commercial banks did not allow it to participate in construction tenders.
Pham Xuan Hong, director of No 3 Sai Gon Garment Co, said his firm still applied the previous tax declaration method and was not willing to declare online because of slow progress.
An accountant of Vissan Food said the company had received tax office guidelines on declarations, yet it was still worried about the security of the new measures.
Director of the HCM City Centre for Information Integration and Storing, Duong The Quang, attributed the firms' hesitation to the fact that tax offices only encouraged online declarations while it is not compulsory. In addition, some enterprises did not want to publicise declarations.
The process involving data declarations and receipts was sometimes not systematic, thus in some cases, firms needed to submit tax documents due to technical errors. The overloaded transmission line sometimes occurred during peak days, making trouble for taxpayers, he added. — VNS