Multiple companies that have not settled export-import tariff arrears have been denied customs clearance procedures for their import shipments.
According to the Department of Export-Import Tax at the general Department of Customs, it has got a report from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs under the HCM City Customs Department that four companies with overdue tax debts have been stopped clearing their goods from the airport.
These four enterprises did not respond to the notice about tax debts and penalties for delayed tax payments. According to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs decisions, the businesses should be prevented from customs clearance nationwide until they pay off their tax debts and fines.
Earlier, the Customs Department of An Giang issued similar decisions on six corporate taxpayers who owe a total of VND2.35 billion, with one of them alone owing a hefty VND1.88 billion.
Similarly, on May 14, the Quang Ninh Customs Department disallowed an import shipment of a Hanoi-based company to go through the customs since the firm has yet to pay the Mong Cai border gate customs VND194 million in tax and fine.
Meanwhile, as of end-April, the Customs Department of Danang City had reported a total tax debt of VND237.9 billion.
Among the companies denied customs clearance procedures, there is one company active in the fields of apartment trading and hotel and resort services with total investment capital of $160 million. The company currently owes nearly VND29 billion in import tax and value-added tax even though its five-star hotel with 600 rooms has been in service since 2010.
According to the customs agencies, a number of corporate taxpayers have taken advantage of legal loopholes to eschew their tax obligations. They import goods for local production and when tax payment deadlines come, they will simply announce bankruptcy or flee without trace.
Still, there are businesses actually in trouble given the impact of the economic crisis, so they are unable to fulfill their tax duties.