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No fuel tax hike before 2020, minister assures

By Nguyen Ha   August 30, 2018 | 07:31 pm PT
No fuel tax hike before 2020, minister assures
An employee pumps petrol into a car at a petrol station in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Reuters/Kham
Vietnam won’t increase its fuel tax before 2020, Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung has directed. 

Dung has ordered a proposal to increase environmental tax on petrol and diesel to be removed from next year’s plan.

Earlier this year, the ministry had proposed that the environmental tax on petrol and diesel be increased by 33 percent, or VND4,000 (17 cents) per liter for petrol and VND2,000 per liter for diesel.

The proposed hike, the highest permitted in Vietnam, was met with strong public opposition

But the ministry had defended its proposal by saying that the tax can bring VND57.3 trillion ($2.4 billion) each year to state coffers, an annual increase of VND15.7 trillion ($650 million) from current collections.

Last month, top legislator Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan approved the delay after listening to experts’ say that the tax will affect Vietnam’s goal of containing inflation below four percent this year.

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