As of May, the Government's revenue from dividends remained low at only VND13.5 trillion (US$602 million), equal to only 25 per cent of the estimates for the year. — Photo tinnhanhchungkhoan.vn
HÀ NỘI — As of May, the Government’s revenue from dividends remained low at only VNĐ13.5 trillion (US$602 million), equal to only 25 per cent of the estimates for the year.
Nguyễn Văn Phụng, director of the Tax Management Department of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), said that this year the dividend estimates gained from enterprises that the State holds a stake in would be roughly VNĐ55 trillion.
Currently, the State has authorised the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) to represent the State’s interests in enterprises. As of December 31, 2015, SCIC’s portfolio comprised 197 enterprises, with the State capital’s book value being more than VNĐ20 trillion, accounting for 23 per cent of the charter capital and a market value of nearly VNĐ95.7 trillion.
Phụng attributed the low earnings from dividends in the first five months to many of the enterprises not having organised annual shareholders’ meetings.
Phụng affirmed that State income sources from dividends at enterprises could not be lost as there are many supervisory mechanisms, especially the supervision of those who represent the State in these enterprises.
However, he also said that the payment of dividends depends on decisions made at the shareholders’ meetings of the enterprises.
He said that the tax authorities could not make ‘rough interventions’ to the dividend payment, but must follow the law besides using the vote made by persons who represent the State in the enterprises.
Statistics from the MoF showed that State budget revenues in the first five months this year was VNĐ396.2 trillion, equal to only 39.1 per cent of the annual estimate, while budget spending reached VNĐ466.3 trillion, equal to 36.6 per cent of the annual estimate.
In the first five months, the country spent VNĐ64.55 trillion on foreign debt settlement, up 5.3 per cent year-on-year. It also disbursed VNĐ68 trillion for development projects and VNĐ332 trillion for national defence and administrative governance.
Tumbling crude oil prices cut budget revenue considerably in the period, with revenue from oil in the first five months of 2016 falling sharply by 48.1 per cent to VNĐ15.9 trillion, accounting for only 4 per cent of total budget revenue. — VNS