Sector: Taxation

October 21, 2021

Part One of our articles focusing on intra-group services in Cambodia highlighted the importance of Cambodian taxpayers being able to fundamentally prove that intragroup services were actually rendered by its related party and that these services justified a charge being made by its related party. Highlights of this note Risk created by Head Office approach […]

September 28, 2021

The Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) has launched an e-filing management system aimed at increasing the convenience of quarterly and annual return filings. As taxpayers will no longer be required to go to their relevant tax offices to lodge the returns in person, this will lead to reduced costs and time spent on filing the returns.  […]

September 27, 2021

On 7 September 2021, the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”) issued a letter notifying all banks, financial service companies, and mobile financial service providers about a change to their financial year that will take effect from the 2022-2023 financial year onward. According to the CBM’s letter, the financial year (previously from 1 September to 30 […]

September 21, 2021

Overview Vietnam’s duty-free retail is emerging as a new attractive investment channel for both local and foreign investors. With the issuance of new regulations recently, Decree No.100/2020/NĐ-CP of the Government, selling duty-free goods online is acceptable. In addition, less complicated procedures are provided for downtown duty free set up. Compared to airport duty-free shops, downtown […]

September 21, 2021

Overview According to a report by Vietnam e-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency (governed by Ministry of Industry and Trade), with 53% of the population shopping online, the e-commerce market in Vietnam grew by 18% in 2020, reaching 11.8 billion USD, which accounted for 5.5% of total retail sales of consumer goods and services. According to […]

September 20, 2021

For many developing countries, one of the most common types of related party transactions is intra group services. This could be domestic, but is predominantly cross border services provided by Regional or Ultimate Headquarter/Group Service Centers. This Article discusses why so many Cambodian taxpayers are exposing themselves to a high level of transfer pricing audit […]

September 1, 2021

The Myanmar Social Security Law requires an employer with more than five employees to contribute to the social security scheme. Contributions must be made to the relevant township social security board within 15 days of the end of each month. Employers who fail to meet the contribution deadline are subject to a late payment penalty. […]

August 23, 2021

Vietnam has yet clearly set a comprehensive legal framework for an ESOP and neither guidance exists in accounting standards nor corporate income tax regulations in treating the expense for such a ESOP.  As far as concerns for controlling the indirect investment overseas by a resident, the Government has set out certain requirements for a resident doing outbound investment portfolio. Among […]

July 29, 2021

The Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has taken a number of actions to promote foreign investment in Cambodia, notably among them is amending the Law on Investment (“LOI”). The amended LOI has gone through several drafts and is now under review by the National Assembly and the Senate – the last step before it can […]

July 28, 2021

The Internal Revenue Department issued Public Ruling 1/2021 (“PR 1/2021”) on 17 June 2021, clarifying the definition of the right to use with regard to licenses, trademarks, and patent rights that fall under the payment category of royalties. The term “right to use” means: Using or the right to use any patent rights of literature, […]

July 25, 2021

The Ministry of Information and Communications has launched a campaign to promote digital transformation using cloud computing with the participation of 11 local service providers. Experts say digital transformation will help Vietnamese enterprises, especially small and medium-sized ones, adopt a more flexible and cost-effective business model in the post-coronavirus recovery period. One of the pillars […]

June 29, 2021

The Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) has been implementing an online tax payment system since 2018; all taxpayers can process online tax payments using a Tax Identification Number (“TIN”), which is the same as a Company Registration Number with nine digits. There are three advance tax payment options accepted by the IRD – (i) tax payments […]

June 22, 2021

The State Administration Council enacted Law No. 20/2021 on Amending the Union Tax Law 2020 (“Amended UTL 2020”) on 17 June 2021 to reduce the tax amnesty rates on undisclosed income for the last quarter of financial year (“FY”) 2020-2021. The law takes effect on 1 July 2021 and will be valid until the end […]

May 25, 2021

In order to reduce and relieve the economic impact from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Lao PDR, the Prime Minister’s Office has issued Notice No. 532/PMO dated 20 May 2021 (the “Notice”) specifying policies for further implementation by the relevant governmental authorities. 1. Tax policies Exemption from personal income tax for […]

May 20, 2021

Highlights of this note Some pitfalls in registering an offshore sale of shares in a Cambodian company Frequent disputes on the 0.1% stamp duty for share transfers in Cambodia Uncertainties about future capital gains tax on the transfer of shares in a Cambodian company Registering a sale and purchase of shares in a Myanmar company […]

May 14, 2021

On 10 May 2021, the Division of Health of Vientiane Capital (“DH.VTE”) issued Notice No. 378/DH (the “Notice”) requiring that those wishing to travel in and out of Vientiane Capital must apply for a permit from the COVID-19 Taskforce Committee to travel during the lockdown period up to 20 May 2021, or a further lockdown […]

April 20, 2021

On the night of 14 April, the Cambodian Government ordered a number of restrictions in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 infections by means of Decision nr. 49 SR dated 14 April 2021 (“Decision 49“). The regulation was follow up by an amendment providing some additional details by Decision nr. 50 dated 17 April […]

April 17, 2021

The Cambodian tax authority, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”), has instituted an extension for all monthly tax returns normally due on 25 April.  These are the Prepayment of Profit Tax, the Value Added Tax, the Tax on Salary and the Withholding Tax. The extension comes amid city wide lock downs of Phnom Penh and […]

April 15, 2021

In accordance with the recent Government directed business closures and stay-at-home orders, we would like to inform you as follows: VDB Loi in Phnom Penh will continue to operate, with the help of our cloud technology, through online processes and work-from-home.  Tax filings and government filings will continue insofar these are possible by distance/online. Tax […]

March 30, 2021

With the current drastic increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in Cambodia and to help prevent the spread of contagious diseases, the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia enacted the Law on Measures to Prevent COVID-19 and Other Fatal and Harmful Diseases on 11 March 2021 (the “COVID Law”) and Sub-Decree No. 37 […]