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Vietnam foreign B2C e-commerce withholding VAT July 2020

  • Jul 3, 2019 | Richard Asquith

Vietnam is to extend VAT to non-resident e-commerce sales to consumers from 1 July 2020. This will apply to goods and digital services.

The obligation to collect the VAT will fall on banks and/or payment providers, including credit card issuers. It will be their responsibility to identify payments by consumers to foreign online sellers, and deduct withholding VAT. There are limited details of how this will be managed.

Nevertheless, non-resident sellers over the local VAT registration threshold, will also be required to VAT register. This may therefore result in a VAT credit where the indirect tax has already been withheld. 

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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