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Circular 103 about the Foreign Contractor

27-10-2016
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Contractors Tax
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GENERAL REGULATIONS

This Circular is applied to the entities below (except for the cases in Article 2 Chapter I):
1. Foreign business organizations having permanent establishments in Vietnam or not; foreign business individuals that are residents of Vietnam or not (hereinafter referred to as foreign contractors and foreign sub-contractors) who do business in Vietnam or earn income in Vietnam under contracts, agreements, or commitments between the foreign contractor and a Vietnamese entity or between a foreign sub-contractor and a foreign sub-contractor to perform part of the main contract.
2. Foreign entities providing goods in Vietnam in the form of domestic export and earn income in Vietnam under contracts between them and Vietnamese companies (except for cases in which goods are processed and then returned to foreign entities) or distribute goods in Vietnam or provide goods under Incoterms rules that require the sellers to be responsible for goods that have been taken into Vietnam’s territory.
Example 1:
- Case 1: Company X who is located overseas signs a contract to buy cloth from Vietnamese company A and requests company A to deliver the goods to Vietnamese company B (in the form of domestic export defined by law). Company X earns an income in Vietnam under a contract between company X and company B (company X sells cloth to company B).
In this case, company X is regulated by this Circular and thus, company B shall declare and pay tax on behalf of company X in accordance with this Circular.
- Case 2: Company Y who is located overseas signs a contract to process cloth with Vietnamese company C and requests company C to deliver the goods to Vietnamese company D for further processing (in the form of domestic export defined by law). Company Y earns an income in Vietnam under a contract between company Y and company D (company Y sells goods to company D).
In this case, company Y is regulated by this Circular and company D shall declare and pay tax on behalf of company Y in accordance with this Circular.
- Case 3: Company Z who is located overseas signs a contract to process or buy cloth with Vietnamese company E (company Z provides raw materials for company E) and requests company E to deliver the goods to Vietnamese company G for further processing (in the form of domestic export defined by law). After processing, company G returns the goods to company Z and company Z must pay company G for the processing under the contract.
In this case, company Z is not regulated by this Circular.
3. Any foreign entity that performs the whole or part of goods distribution or service provision in Vietnam, who is still the owner of goods that are delivered to Vietnamese organizations or take responsibility for the cost of distribution, advertising, marketing, quality of goods/services delivered to Vietnamese organizations, or impose prices (including the cases in which the foreign entity authorities or hires some Vietnamese organization to perform part of the distribution or service provision pertaining to goods sale in Vietnam).
Example 2:
Company A who is located overseas delivers goods to a Vietnamese company B or authorizes company B to perform some services (delivery, distribution, marketing, advertising) while company A is still the owner of goods delivered to company B or still take responsibility for the cost, quality of goods/services delivered to company B, or the one who impose prices for goods/services. In this case, company A is regulated by this Circular.
4. Any foreign entity that negotiates or concludes contracts via a Vietnamese entity.
5. Any foreign entity that exercises its right to export, import, distribute goods in Vietnam, buy goods to export, or sell goods to Vietnamese traders in accordance with trading laws.
This Circular does not apply to:
1. Any foreign entity doing business in Vietnam under the Law on Investment, the Law on Petroleum, and the Law on credit institutions.
2. Any foreign entity that provides goods for Vietnamese entities without ancillary services in Vietnam in the form of:
- Delivery at the foreign border checkpoint: the seller incurs all responsibility, costs, and risk to the transport and delivery of goods at the foreign checkpoint; the buyer incurs all the responsibility, cost and risk to the receipt and transport of goods from the foreign checkpoint to Vietnam (even if goods are delivered at a foreign border checkpoint under a contract which prescribes that the seller is responsible for warranty).
- Delivery at a Vietnam’s border checkpoint: the seller incurs all responsibility, costs, and risk until goods reaches the Vietnam’s checkpoint; the buyer incurs all the responsibility, cost and risk to the receipt and transport of goods from the Vietnam’s checkpoint (even if goods are delivered at a Vietnam’s border checkpoint under a contract which prescribes that the seller is responsible for warranty).
Example 3:
Company C who is located in Vietnam signs a contract to import excavators and bulldozers with company D who is located overseas. Goods are delivered at a Vietnam’s border checkpoint. Company D incurs all responsibility and costs related to the goods until they arrive at the Vietnam’s border checkpoint; company C is incurs responsibility and costs related to the receipt and transport of goods from the Vietnam’s checkpoint. The contracts prescribes that the goods come with a one-year warranty by company D. Other than that, company D does not provide any services related to such goods in Vietnam. In this case, company D’s provision of goods are not regulated by this Circular.
3. Any foreign entity that earns income from services provided and used outside Vietnam.
Example 4:
Company H of Hong Kong provides material handling services at a port in Hong Kong for company A in Vietnam. Company A pays company H for material handling services at the Hong Kong port.
In this case, material handling services at Hong Kong port are provided in Hong Kong, thus they are not taxable in Vietnam.
Example 5:
Professional services, bond management and issuance services, legal counseling, depository services, roadshow services provided by a foreign organization for company A in Vietnam at the countries where company A issues its GDRs (Global Depository Receipt) and international bonds are not regulated by this Circular.
4. Any foreign entity that provides any of the services below for Vietnamese entities, provided the services are provided overseas:
- Repair of means of transport (aircraft, aircraft engine, aircraft and ship parts), machinery and equipment (including undersea cables and transmission devices), with or without spare parts;
- Advertising and marketing (except for online advertising and online marketing);
Example 6:
A Vietnamese company signs a contract with a organization in Singapore to run advertisements for products in Singapore. This advertising service is not regulated by this Circular. A Vietnamese company signs a contract with an organization in Singapore to run advertisements on the Singapore’s market. This advertising service is not regulated by this Circular.
- Trade promotion and investment encouragement;
- Brokering goods sale and services provision overseas;
Example 7:
A Vietnamese company signs a contract to hire a company in Thailand to broker the sale of its goods in Thailand or on the international market. This brokerage service is not regulated by this Circular. In case the Vietnamese company hires a company in Thailand to broker a transfer of the Vietnamese company’s real estate in Vietnam, then this brokerage service is regulated by this Circular.
- Training (except for online training);
Example 8:
Company A in Vietnam signs a contract with University B of Singapore for provision of training for Vietnamese employees at University B. The training services provided by University B are not regulated by this Circular. In case Company A in Vietnam signs a contract with University B which requires University B to provide training for Vietnamese employees in Vietnam in the form of online training, the online training services provided by University B are regulated by this Circular.
- Division of charges for international telecommunications services between Vietnam and foreign contractors, which are provided outside Vietnam, lease of transmission lines and satellite frequency bands overseas as prescribed by the Law on telecommunications; division of charge for international postal services between Vietnam and other countries as prescribed by the Law on Postal services and international agreements on postal services to which Vietnam is a signatory, provided such services are provided outside Vietnam.
5. Any foreign entity using a bonded warehouse or inland clearance depot (ICD) as a warehouse serving international transport, transit of goods, or storage of goods to be processed by other companies.
 
 
IMPLEMENTATION
1. This Circular takes effect on October 01, 2014 and supersedes Circular No. 60/2012/TT-BTC dated April 12, 2012 providing guidelines for fulfillment of tax liability of foreign entities doing business in Vietnam or earning income in Vietnam.
2. VAT and CIT on the contracts and subcontracts concluded before this Circular takes effect shall be determined in accordance with corresponding legislative documents effective on the conclusion dates.
3. In case any international agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory contains regulations tax liabilities of foreign contractors and foreign sub-contractors that are at odds with instructions in this Circular, such international agreements shall apply.
Difficulties that arise during the implementation of this Circular should be reported to the Ministry of Finance for consideration./.
 
 
PP THE MINISTER DEPUTY MINISTER Do Hoang Anh Tuan

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