Leasing Building Attached To Land With Annual Lease Payment In Vietnam (Further Updates)

Previously, a land user who leases land from the Government with annual payment is not allowed to lease houses and building attached to the land unless such land user registers for real estate business under the Law on Real Estate Business 2014. The restriction has been removed by Decree 1/2017. Decree 1/2017 has, among others, clarified the issue of right to lease buildings attached to land with annual rental payment. In particular, Decree 1/2017 provides that a land user who leases land from the State and pays annual rental may lease their assets attached to the land piece if:

Licensing process for a new residential housing project in Vietnam

A foreign investor who wishes to set up a new company in Vietnam for a residential housing project in Vietnam may need to follow two different licensing routes depending on whether the project will require an in-principle approval under the investment regulations (Investment In-principle Approval)

If an Investment In-principle Approval is required then the key licensing steps for the foreign investor would be:

Restriction on leasing building attached to land with annual lease payment

A land user who leases land from the Government with annual payment is not allowed to lease houses and building attached to the land unless such land user registers for real estate business under the Law on Real Estate Business 2014. At first, it seems quite illogical to limit the owner of an asset to lease it while still allow such asset to be sold. However, this is the position under the current land regulations. In particular,

Further development on Vietnamese tax applicable to offshore capital transfer

In April 2015, the General Department of Tax (GDT) instructs a provincial tax department to consider imposing corporate income tax (CIT) on an offshore capital transfer transaction (Offshore Transfer) between a French seller and a Vietnamese buyer (2015 Instruction). The 2015 Instruction has raised a Vietnamese tax concern over offshore capital transfer activities. In February 2016, the GDT issues additional guidelines (2016 Instruction) for the Offshore Transfer to clarify some unclear issues under the 2015 Instruction. In particular,