Vietnam’s E-Invoicing Launch

Introducing e-invoicing mandates for VAT in Vietnam.

Over the last 10 years, the Vietnamese government has worked on developing a solution to tackle the country’s VAT fraud and the VAT gap, introducing an e-invoicing mandate for all companies doing business in Vietnam from 1 July 2022.

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Vietnam's E-Invoicing Mandate Rollout - 2022

The Vietnam e-invoicing mandate was initially slated to be in force by July 2020, but ultimately was delayed. In October 2020, a new timeline was laid out through Decree 123 announcing implementation dates for the new e-invoicing mandate rules that were originally envisaged in the Law on Tax Administration.

An initial rollout will begin from March 2022 to a select number of provinces and cities. The country’s new e-invoicing requirements will come into effect nationwide on 1 July 2022.

Quick facts about the new e-invoice processes in Vietnam

  • Applicable taxpayers in Vietnam will be required to issue e-invoices for their transactions from 1 July 2022.
  • Legal framework must be followed for all e-invoice submissions.
  • Enterprises, organisations (economic or otherwise), business households and individuals must register with the local tax administration to start using e-invoicing.
  • There are two types of e-invoicing processes in Vietnam. Authenticated invoices are granted an authentication code by the tax authority before the invoice is transmitted to the buyer, whereas unauthenticated e-invoices do not require the tax authority’s authentication code.
  • Electronic invoices must be issued in XML format.
  • VAT, sales invoices, and the invoices used for selling public assets are among the documents under the scope of the e-invoicing mandate.
  • Ensuring of the integrity and authenticity of the e-invoices is required and must be digitally signed by the supplier.
  • E-invoices must be archived electronically and taxable persons may choose archiving methods guaranteeing security and integrity and authenticity during the entirety of the archiving period.
  • Service providers meeting specific requirements can provide the contracting parties with e-invoicing solutions.

E-invoicing system mandate rollout dates

  • March 2022 – Vietnam General Taxation Department (GTD) will first work with six local tax administrations: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Binh Dinh, Quang Ning, Hai Phong and Phu Tho to start implementing technical solutions for new e-invoicing requirements and construction of an IT system for connection, data transmission, reception and storage of data.
  • April 2022 – E-invoicing system will be rolled out to the remaining provinces and cities.
  • 1 July 2022 – All cities and provinces must deploy the e-invoicing system based on the rules established in Decree 123 and the Circular that provides guidance and clarification to certain aspects of the new e-invoicing system.

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