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Saigon Officials Fine Uber VND5bn for Tax Payment Delays

Once again, ride-hailing company Uber has gotten into trouble with local authorities over delays in tax payment.

According to Tuoi Tre, last week, Saigon officials ordered Uber to pay up some VND66.68 billion (US$2.95 million) in back taxes, including an administrative fine of VND4.9 billion for violating tax regulations.

The city’s tax department gave the ride-booking company 10 days starting from last Friday to settle the payment. The announcement came after the department finished an inspection into the start-up’s operation in Saigon all the way from June 2014 to now.

Municipal authorities also declared that forced measures will be applied should Uber fail to comply with the order.

Saigon officials are also taking notice of the amount of vehicles in both Grab and Uber’s fleets. They recently instructed the tech companies to stop registering new cars, citing worsening traffic problems as the reason for the suspension.

It’s been a tough journey for both Uber subsidiaries in both the local market and international ones since the beginning. Recently, London authorities said that they would not be renewing the company’s business license, effectively ending Uber’s services in the English capital on September 30.

London will join a host of other European localities where Uber is not welcome, including Denmark, Bulgaria, Hungary, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, reports The Guardian.

[Photo via NPR]


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