laos - Tax & Revenue

Automated Payment of Land Tax to start Next Year

Finance authorities expect to begin collecting land tax through banks from next year in a bid to modernise tax payment through the use of an electronic system.
Date: 28 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

New Decree offers Tax Breaks for Investors in Lao SEZs

Domestic and foreign investors will be granted a number of tax breaks under a new amended decree related to specific and special economic zones (SEZs) issued recently by the government.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Illegal Vehicle import Crackdown ordered as Tax Avoidance raises Ire

The Ministry of Finance has warned that it will impose stronger legal actions against any owners of imported vehicles evading taxes and tariff payments to the government.
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge

All enterprises that have been registered and have obtained a tax ID will have to comply with the Value Added Tax Law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, yesterday presented a draft of the amended Law on Value Added Tax to the National Assembly to consider and approve.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Pay Taxes or face Closure, Thousands of Businesses warned

Vientiane authorities have warned 3,039 enterprises to pay taxes and declare their business plans, with the threat of closure hanging over them if they fail to comply.
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved

The illegal import of cars continues to be a problem in Laos despite orders issued by the government last year to crack down on the issue.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection

Eleven laws will be enacted by 2020 to facilitate revenue collection while also plugging loopholes that could lead to fiscal leaks.
Date: 08 November 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Vehicle Owners Face Doubling of Road Tax

Motorists in Laos will need to pay more than double the usual road tax this year depending on the size of their engine and vehicle type.
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Governmentt orders Cut in Lotteries

The government has called for a cut in several types of lotteries issued by the Lao Development Lottery State Enterprise, including the football lottery, following public complaints about the country having too many lotteries.
Date: 19 August 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Value-added Tax to replace Guesswork in raising Revenue from SMEs

The Ministry of Finance is in the process to introduce a value-added tax (VAT) on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) after the scheme was implemented successfully elsewhere over the past seven to eight years.
Date: 14 August 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Vehicle Owners to pay higher Road Tax in August

The Ministry of Finance will start to issue 2017 road tax stickers in August, but vehicle owners will be paying more this year.
Date: 16 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law offers Incentives to attract Investment

A newly-amended Investment Promotion Law has recently been promulgated, offering a variety of incentives to attract investment in both promoted sectors and hardship areas. Businesses investing and operating in hardship communities (known as Area I), where infrastructure has not yet been developed, will enjoy favourable profit tax exemptions ov ...
Date: 10 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Finance Ministry to probe Sources of Revenue

The Ministry of Finance is re-inspecting and clearly defining sources of national revenue to enable the country to accomplish its 2017 target for revenue collection.
Date: 15 January 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

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Appeal Court hears Case of Couple sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment

The Appeal Court heard on Monday, the case of a couple sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the murder of a woman in June 2016.

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Union leaders Set to Appeal

All six union leaders convicted for their roles in the 2013 Veng Sreng Boulevard protests plan to bring their case to the Appeal Court, spurred on by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s assertion that three of the six men were not involved in the violent protests.

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DSI holds Cyber Crime Seminar, proposes Cyber Security Bill

BANGKOK, Dec 18 (NNT) - Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has organized a seminar on cyber security, while proposing a national cyber security bill.

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Min of Labor's five NY Gifts

BANGKOK, Dec 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has introduced five measures in support of employers and employees alike, calling them New Year’s gifts to the people.

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SC to decide on Bangsamoro Law's Constitutionality

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - Malacañang said Tuesday it will let the Supreme Court (SC) decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) after a group of framers of the 1987 Constitution asked the high court to declare it unconstitutional and void.

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Organizations appeal against Withdrawal of Trade Favour by the EU

In a joint statement released yesterday, businesses and trade unions appealed against the withdrawal of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently enjoyed by Myanmar.

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Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

Government officials met with representatives of the Luxembourg government in Vientiane yesterday to review the progress of the LAO-031-Legal Teaching and Training and Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept project and make plans for the year ahead.

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Najib's Legal Team' fail to get Letter of Appointment of Lead Prosecutor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) - The defence team in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd case has failed to get the letter of authorisation (fiat) on the appointment of lead prosecutor Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah after the High Court here today ruled that there was no legal requirement for the prosecution to do so.

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SMEs are ‘Engine of Economy’

The Ministry of Commerce declared on Saturday that it will solve market issues hindering the development of Cambodia’s Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). But the announcement was met with scepticism by business owners in the Kingdom.

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Land Bank, TFBL ink Deal on Loan Program for Rebel Surrenderers

MANILA, Dec 17 (PNA) - In line with the ongoing efforts to reintegrate former rebels (FRs) and their families to mainstream society, Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec. 13 for the facilitation of loans to the former as part of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

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Prosecution to apply to Transfer Case of Businessman who offered Bribe to Tengku Adnan to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) - The prosecution in the case of a businessman charged with giving bribe of RM1 million to former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will file an application to transfer the case, which is at the Sessions Court, to the High Court here.

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Seminar talks Human Rights Promotion

Hanoi, Dec 14 (VNA) - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, remains relevant today, heard a seminar in Hanoi on December 14.

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International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Asset Recovery discussed

Hanoi, Dec 13 (VNA) - International judicial cooperation in criminal asset recovery was the main topic of a workshop held in Hanoi on December 13.

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Supreme Courts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia bolster Cooperation

The supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have agreed to strengthen bonds in the combat against criminals and the settlement of trans-border civil cases.

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Indonesia, Vietnam commemorate 63 Year of Bilateral Relations

Jakarta, Dec 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Vietnam are commemorating 63 years of bilateral relations through fashion diplomacy at the 2018 International Fashion Fair in Vietnam, as stated in a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi received by ANTARA here Sunday.

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Complaint against New Chief Justice to be reviewed

The Yangon regional parliament will review a complaint against new Yangon Chief Justice U Hla Aye, whose nomination was confirmed on Wednesday, a regional lawmaker said.

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Police Officer in Court to answer Charges on Unnatural Sex

KANGAR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - A senior police officer with the rank of Superintendent today was charged in the Sessions Court here for two counts of molestation and two charges of unnatural sex against two women, last year.

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Pushing SMEs, enhancing Bank's Role, Main Goal of New SME Bank CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 (Bernama) - Pushing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to strive further and to enhance SME Bank Malaysia Bhd ’s role in providing financial assistance to targeted SMEs is the main goal of its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Aria Putera Ismail.

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