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Ministries to study US tax reform

Update: January, 31/2018 - 10:22
Workers at Safoco Foodstuff JSC process instant noodles. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked ministries and relevant sectors to study the effects on Việt Nam of the tax reforms US President Donald Trump signed into law last month.

The ministries of Finance and Planning and Investment will complete the report and send it to the Prime Minister before March 1 this year.

Phúc also assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to co-ordinate with relevant ministries and sectors to monitor policy responses of countries around the world as the United States implements the new tax reform law, assessing the impacts on Việt Nam to help it respond appropriately and in a timely manner.

"It is necessary to review the products Việt Nam exported to the US, especially the products with the content of raw materials and components imported from China in order to give warnings and guide enterprises when the US imposes anti-dumping duties on these products," said the PM.

According to the PM’s economic advisory group, the US new tax reform package cut top corporate income rates to 21 per cent from 35 per cent. At the same time, it will tax foreign investment receipts transferred back to the country at the rate of 10.5 per cent. With this tariff, the US has become the world’s lowest taxing country.

The advisory group of the Prime Minister said that the US tax policy in the immediate time may not affect Việt Nam much, but in the long term it will impact the country, reported the online newspaper dantri.com.vn.

"As other economies apply defensive measures such as adjusting exchange rate policies, foreign exchange controls will affect foreign investment flows, thereby affecting Việt Nam, especially the exchange rate," said the Advisory Group.

US President Donald Trump signed the tax reform package on December 22 last year. Analysts say this measure will improve corporate profits, boosting the economy.

Under the new tax law, up to 95 per cent of Americans will receive tax breaks, but cuts to the rich will outweigh the tax cuts for lower income people. According to the Non-partisan Tax Policy Centre in Washington, it is estimated that households will receive an average tax cut of about US$900 next year, but the top 1 per cent will get a break of $51,000 on average. — VNS

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