Vietnam to probe collusion between tax collectors and businesses

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 Taxpayers inquire at Ho Chi Minh City's tax department. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The government is looking into a recent report that more than 60 percent of tax officers colluded with small businesses to allow the latter to pay less taxes, according to Vietnam News Agency.
Nguyen Dai Tri, deputy director of the General Department of Taxation under the Ministry of Finance, was saying at a press conference on Tuesday, when asked about the report released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He did not deny that the corruption had taken place among a part of tax officials. He blamed the problem on the complicated system of taxation which allowed staff and businesses to cheat.
The supervision of related agencies, including the tax department, on the other hand, is still limited, Tri was quoted as saying.
Related agencies are "urgently" reviewing and tightening their control over the sector of small businesses to address the problem, he said.
In another effort, deputy finance minister Vu Thi Mai said they are reducing direct contact between taxpayers and agencies by boosting online tax payments. 
Another solution is rotating tax officials, she said, adding that more than 1,000 officials have been moved around different agencies over the first six months.
"The Ministry of Finance is determined to take strong measures to create best conditions for tax collection while at the same time reducing officials' harassment much as possible," the deputy minister said.

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