Posted 17.07. 2019 by Cekindo / Last update on 9.03. 2021
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.
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.
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The 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.
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:
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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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%.
For other income, the tax rate is between 0.5% and 10%:
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:
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Below are some benefits and income that are not included in the taxable personal income for expats:
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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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