Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has introduced a draft circular to replace paper bills with electronic invoices from the start of 2018. The new draft will replace Decree No.51/2010/ND-CP and Decree No. 04/2014/ND-CP on invoices for the sale of goods and services to facilitate the implementation of electronic invoices (e-invoices). Invoices already printed will be allowed until 2018.
Last year, a number of firms introduced a program for e-invoices, leading to savings and increased efficiency. The number of companies using e-invoices has increased from 30 in 2011 to 331 in 2015 and 656 in 2016. The number of e-invoices issued also increased from 9,014 in 2011 to 277 million in 2016.
The following businesses will be required to use e-invoices, from 1 January 2018:
- Companies located in industrial zones, economic zones, export processing zones, high-tech zones;
- Companies and banks with a contributed charter capital of VND15 billion or more.
The following businesses will be required to use e-invoices with verification codes issued by the tax authorities from 1 January 2018:
- Newly established companies not falling into the above groups;
- Businesses purchasing invoices from the tax authorities, which are specifically requested by the tax authorities to use e-invoices with verification codes.
From 1 January 2019, 30 percent of all remaining business will be required to issue e-invoices and by 1 January 2020, 90 percent of businesses will be required to use e-invoices.
Enterprises can use freely available invoicing software launched by the General Taxation Department’s website or third-party software to issue e-invoices.
Advantages of e-invoices
Electronic invoicing will lead to a number of long-term benefits for enterprises. Companies will save a lot on the cost of issuing paper bills, which can be ten times more costly than e-invoices. E-invoices also increase efficiency by reducing the time in tax collection and making invoice payments. In addition, it also helps in curbing in invoice fraud currently prevalent amongst enterprises.
The transition from paper bills to e-invoices in the initial few months will be challenging for buyers and suppliers. Enterprises will take time to get familiar with the system and government agencies have to ensure that the information technology infrastructure is capable enough of handling multiple e-invoices requests at the same time.
Government agencies also have to ensure that they themselves are well versed with the regulations and systems, before the rollout.
Moving forward, the government should ensure a smooth transition to ease the burden on enterprises. Paper bills should be phased out slowly during the next year, to allow all enterprises to shift to e-invoices.
Until 2018, enterprises should be on the lookout for further amendments or changes to the decree before it is finally in effect from January of next year.
Vietnam Briefing is published by Asia Briefing, a subsidiary of Dezan Shira & Associates. We produce material for foreign investors throughout Eurasia, including ASEAN, China, India, Indonesia, Russia & the Silk Road. For editorial matters please contact us here and for a complimentary subscription to our products, please click here.
Dezan Shira & Associates provide business intelligence, due diligence, legal, tax and advisory services throughout the Vietnam and the Asian region. We maintain offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as throughout China, South-East Asia, India, and Russia. For assistance with investments into Vietnam please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.dezshira.com
Dezan Shira & Associates Brochure
Dezan Shira & Associates is a pan-Asia, multi-disciplinary professional services firm, providing legal, tax and operational advisory to international corporate investors. Operational throughout China, ASEAN, and India, our mission is to guide foreign companies through Asia’s complex regulatory environment and assist them with all aspects of establishing, maintaining and growing their business operations in the region. This brochure provides an overview of the services and expertise Dezan Shira & Associates can provide.
An Introduction to Doing Business in Vietnam 2017
An Introduction to Doing Business in Vietnam 2017 will provide readers with an overview of the fundamentals of investing and conducting business in Vietnam. Compiled by Dezan Shira & Associates, a specialist foreign direct investment practice, this guide explains the basics of company establishment, annual compliance, taxation, human resources, payroll, and social insurance in this dynamic country.
Managing Contracts and Severance in Vietnam
In this issue of Vietnam Briefing, we discuss the prevailing state of labor pools in Vietnam and outline key considerations for those seeking to staff and retain workers in the country. We highlight the increasing demand for skilled labor, provide in depth coverage of existing contract options, and showcase severance liabilities that may arise if workers or employers choose to terminate their contracts.