Netflix, Apple Accused of Skirting Tax Payments in Vietnam

Vietnam’s info minister on Tuesday accused overseas streaming firms like Netflix and Apple of skirting their tax tasks, saying it might create unfair competitors for home corporations.

Foreign stream corporations, which have mixed revenues of almost VND one trillion (roughy Rs. 300 crores) from a million subscribers, in response to the knowledge and communications ministry’s calculations, have by no means paid tax in Vietnam.

“Domestic companies have to abide by tax and content regulations while foreign firms do not, which is unfair competition,” the minister, Nguyen Manh Hung, instructed a authorities assembly.

“Some content on Netflix has flouted regulations related to the history and sovereignty of the country, violence, drug use, and sex,” he added.

Vietnam launched a cyber safety regulation two years in the past that requires all overseas companies incomes earnings from on-line actions in Vietnam to retailer their knowledge in the nation.

But Netflix has but to share any plans to put its servers domestically or open an workplace in Vietnam.

The agency stated in an announcement final month that it was working with Vietnamese authorities to arrange a mechanism for tax assortment.

Netflix had no quick remark when contacted by Reuters and stated it might present a response later.

Hung stated the knowledge ministry, finance ministry and tax division have been working collectively to facilitate tax assortment by calculating overseas streaming corporations’ revenues in Vietnam since their entries into the market.

Tech giants are more and more dealing with harder fiscal regimes in Southeast Asia, the place regulators held talks final yr on a regional push to tax tech giants extra.

The Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have not too long ago handed or drafted laws hoping to make sure taxes are paid.

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