As in the area of general investment and company regulation, Vietnam has embarked on a process to harmonize taxation for domestic and foreign companies as well as foreign individuals. It has also initiated a number of institutional and administrative reforms in order to improve the administration of taxation.

Personal Income Tax (“PIT”)

A PIT payer is any resident individual with taxable income arising either within or outside the territory of Vietnam, or any non-resident individual with taxable income arising within the territory of Vietnam. Residents and non-residents are subject to PIT at different rates, and on different ranges of income.

Tax residents are those individuals residing in Vietnam for 183 days or more in a calendar year or in 12 consecutive months from the first date of arrival, or those having a permanent residence in Vietnam (including a registered residence, or a leased house in Vietnam with lease duration of 90 days or more in a tax year).

Individuals not meeting the conditions for being tax residents are considered as tax non-residents in Vietnam. Where an individual stays in Vietnam for more than 90 days but less than 183 days in a tax year, the individuals will be treated as a tax non-resident if they can prove that they are tax residents of another country.

The PIT rates vary depending on whether the income in question is irregular income or regular income. Taxable income is the income after deducting personal allowance of VND9 million/month and dependent allowance of VND3.6 million/month/dependent and other contributions applicable under the law.


Taxable income/year

(VND million)

Taxable income/month

(VND million)

Tax rate (%)


Up to 60

Up to 5



Above 60 to 120

Above 5 to 10



Above 120 to 216

Above 10 to 18



Above 216 to 384

Above 18 to 32



Above 384 to 624

Above 32 to 52



Above 624 to 960

Above 52 to 80



Above 960

Above 80


Non-salary income is subject to PIT at different tax rates.


Type of Incomes

PIT Rate applying to the resident individual

PIT Rate applying to the non-resident individual


Income from business (over VND100 million/year)

0,5%-5%, subject to business lines

1% applying to the trade; 2% applying to production and the other; 5% applying to services


Income from investment of capital




Income from transfer stocks

0,1% of the contract value (sell price)

0,1% of the contract value (sell price)


Income from transfer capital

20% of net income

0,1% of the contract value (sell price)


Income from transfer properties

2% of the contract value (sell price)

2% of the contract value (sell price)


Income from copy-rights technology transfers, franchising (over VND10 million/contract)

5% of the amount, which is over VND10 million

5% of the amount, which is over VND10 million


Income from winnings or prizes or inheritance or gifts (over VND10 million/time)

10% of the amount, which is over VND10 million

10% of the amount, which is over VND10 million

Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”)

Enterprises incorporated in Vietnam and foreign enterprises permanently established in Vietnam must pay CIT on their worldwide income. Foreign enterprises that are not permanently established in Vietnam only have to pay CIT on income derived from Vietnam.

Currently, the standard CIT is 20%.

The CIT rate applicable to activities of prospecting, exploring and mining of petroleum and gas and other rare and precious natural resources in Vietnam are from 32% to 50% depending on each specific project and business establishment.

CIT incentives—preferential tax rates and duration of tax exemption and reduction are based on two main criteria: incentive (or special incentive) sectors; and difficult (or special difficult) socio-economic regions. The two preferential rates of 10% and 17% are available for 15 years and 10 years respectively, starting from the commencement of operating activities. When the preferential rate expires, the CIT rate generally reverts to the standard rate. CIT payers may be eligible for tax exemptions and tax reductions. The extent of the incentives depends on the combination of the sector and region where it takes place.

In 2020, due to the coronavirus, the Government reduced CIT by 30% for enterprises which have a total revenue in 2020 of less than VND200 billion.

Value Added Tax (“VAT”)

Vietnam introduced a VAT in 1999 to replace the turnover tax. All business establishments are subject to VAT, regardless of size or sales of taxable goods. Although the real VAT payer is the purchaser of the goods and services, it is the seller’s responsibility to include VAT when they charge for the goods or services they have supplied. In the case of imported goods, the importer must pay VAT to Customs at the same time that they pay import duties.

The rate of VAT payable will depend on the goods and services in question.

  • VAT rate of 0% is applied to exported goods or services, including goods or services sold to enterprises without permanent establishments in Vietnam, goods processed for export, goods sold to duty free shops, exported services and construction and installation carried out abroad or for export processing enterprises.
  • VAT rate of 5% is applied generally to areas of the economy concerned with the provision of essential goods and services, such as clean water, fertilizer production, teaching aids, books, foodstuffs, medicine and medical equipment, husbandry feed, various agricultural products and services, technical/scientific services, rubber latex, sugar and its by-products.
  • Standard VAT rate of 10% applies to activities not specified as exempt or subject to the 0% or 5% rates.

Import and Export Duties

Import and export duties rates are subject to frequent changes. The import duty rates are classified into three (3) categories: ordinary rates, preferential rates and special preferential rates.

Preferential rates are applicable to imported goods from countries that have the Most Favoured Nation status with Vietnam. With the accession to the WTO, the Most Favoured Nation rates are in accordance with the WTO Commitments and are applicable to goods imported from other member countries of the WTO.

Special preferential rates are applicable to imported goods from countries that have a special preferential trade agreement with Vietnam. Vietnam has special preferential trade agreements with the following countries: ASEAN member states, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Chilean, Hong Kong, Cuba and some others.

Foreign Contractor Tax ("FCT")

While not a separate tax, the FCT is the scheme by which the earnings of foreign companies or individuals offshore providing services for Vietnamese tax residents (“Foreign Contractor”) are taxed. It is a combination of the VAT and CIT or PIT. There are three methods by which a Foreign Contractor can choose to be taxed by Vietnam. First, the deduction method which requires the Foreign Contractor to register with the Ministry of Finance, conduct Vietnamese accounting, and pay taxes as if they were a Vietnamese tax resident. Second, the direct method allows the Vietnamese purchaser of the goods or services of the Foreign Contractor to withhold the relevant taxes from its payment to the Foreign Contractor and then submit that withheld amount to the tax authorities on behalf of the Foreign Contractor. Finally, the hybrid method allows the Foreign Contractor to act as a Vietnamese tax resident for the purposes of VAT but to have their CIT or PIT withheld by the Vietnamese purchaser. The applicable tax rates are published separately by the Ministry of Finance and vary depending on the nature of the goods or services sold into Vietnam.

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