Personal Income Tax for Expatriates: Your Easy Guide

Personal income tax system in Vietnam can be challenging to expatriates. Learn about tax residents, tax obligations and more in this article

The personal income tax system in Vietnam can be challenging sometimes. Like most jurisdictions around the world, Vietnamese tax system imposes special regulations on expatriates.

The complex personal tax system for expatriates involves special tax rate, calculations and procedures. These calculations and procedures can be much more difficult for you to comprehend if you do not have the specialised knowledge.

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The personal income tax rules often apply to the time an expat spends in Vietnam, whether they are tax resident or non-tax resident. This article highlights the key regulatory elements in the personal income tax so that you, as an expat, can understand your tax liabilities.


Definition of Personal Income Tax

vietnam tax calculationThe personal income tax is a form of taxes that an individual needs to pay to the Vietnamese state budget based on the amount of their income.

Sources of income that are subject to personal income tax in Vietnam include salary and wages, capital investments, capital transfer, franchising income, inheritance, etc.

Who Are the Tax Residents in Vietnam?

The level of income decides how much tax an expat has to pay in Vietnam. Also, for expats who are deemed as tax residents in Vietnam, they must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Expats stay in Vietnam for no fewer than 183 days within a 12-month period, starting from the first arrival in Vietnam
  • Expats with permanent residency in Vietnam that is recorded on a Temporary Residence Card or a Permanent Residence Card
  • Expats who have signed rental contracts of over 183 days

If an expat does not meet any of the mentioned conditions, he or she will be regarded as a non-tax resident in Vietnam.

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How to Calculate Expat’s Personal Income Tax in Vietnam

The monthly salary of an expat is also the monthly taxable income in Vietnam. For tax residents, their monthly taxable income are taxed at a progressive rate of 5-35%; for non-tax residents, it is a fixed 20%.

Monthly Taxable Income Rate for Tax Residents

  • 5%: <VND 5,000,000
  • 10%: VND 5,000,001 – 10,000,000
  • 15%: VND 10,000,001 – 18,000,000
  • 20%: VND 18,000,001 – 32,000,000
  • 25%: VND 32,000,001 – 52,000,000
  • 30%: VND 52,000,001 – 80,000,000
  • 35%: >VND 80,000,001

Tax Rates of Other Personal Incomes for Tax Residents

For other income, the tax rate is between 0.5% and 10%:

  • Non-bank interest: 5%
  • Dividends: 5%
  • Business income: 0.5-5%
  • Capital transfer: 20% of the profit
  • Public share sales: 0.1% of the profit
  • Real estate sales: 2% of the profit
  • Prizes, gifts and inheritance income: 10%
  • Franchise, copyright and royalties income: 5%

Personal Income Tax Deduction

Based on Resolution 954/2020/UBTVQH14 on June 2, 2020 about the Increases in family circumstance-based deduction for Personal Income Tax, take note of the following:

  • Increase Individual Deduction from VND 9 million (US$385) per month to VND 11 million (US$471) per month.
  • Increase Family Deduction from VND 3,6 million (US$154) per month to VND 4,4 million (US$188) per month.
  • These increases will reduce the accessible income for PIT treatment.
  • These changes are applied for monthly PIT treatment valid from July 1, 2020 and PIT finalisation for 2020.

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Non-Taxable Income and Benefits for Expats

Below are some benefits and income that are not included in the taxable personal income for expats:

  • Expats’ round-trip airfares (once per year)
  • School fees of expats’ children (tertiary school fees are excluded)
  • Costs of relocation to Vietnam for the purpose of employment (one-off)
  • Funeral or wedding allowances and benefits
  • Membership benefits
  • Payments from insurance
  • Interests earned from bank deposits
  • Income from casino’s winning
  • Inheritance from direct family members
  • Property transfer between direct family members
  • and so forth

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Deadline for Tax Finalisation

Last but not least, it is important to be aware of what is called tax finalisation. The annual tax finalisation for tax resident should be done within 90 days, starting on the day right after the end of tax year. This does not apply to non-tax residents.

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