Vietnam official punished for abetting $2.8 mln tax evasion

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An official in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau has been disciplined for helping a local gold shop evade VND60 billion (US$2.8 million) in taxes, a source told Thanh Nien Friday.

Le Thanh Du, chief of the Dam Doi District's Tax Agency, received a warning from the agency's Communist Party Unit after provincial inspectors concluded that he helped Hoang Khiem Gold Shop evade the taxes in 2010 by failing to properly inspect its operations. 

He was also found allowing his niece to evade VND2.3 billion ($110,400) taxes and wrongly allocating VND131 million ($6,200), among other violations, according to the inspectorate's conclusions

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In the meantime, Nguyen Binh Khiem, owner of the gold shop, is filing appeals to the provincial bureau and inspectorate to object to the Dam Doi tax agency's decision to collect the taxes that it allegedly evaded.

The decision was signed by Du in January after the inspectorate concluded that Hoang Khiem enjoyed an increase of up to VND7.712 trillion ($366.6 million) in its sales within seven months between January and November 2010, but did not report it to local agencies.

However, Khiem said that in August, 2010 he had reported "critical changes" in the shop's sales but the agency did not change its tax collection policy, and continued collecting fixed taxes every month.

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