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VIVA BUSINESS CONSULTING là công ty tư vấn doanh nghiệp được tín nhiệm bởi hằng ngàn khách hàng danh tiếng từ năm 2006. VIVA cung cấp nền tảng quản lý toàn diện và nguồn lực thực thi theo cách kết hợp đồng thời của: Luật pháp và thủ tục hành chính trong kinh doanh – Quản lý thuế và kế toán – Quản trị quan hệ lao động – Quản trị tài chính doanh nghiệp – Quản trị và kiểm soát nội bộ. Năng lực của chúng tôi giúp khách hàng lường trước các rủi ro, tối ưu chi phí, kiến tạo lợi thế kinh doanh.

VIVA is a business consulting company, specializes in business compliance procedures according to local business laws and regulations since 2006. VIVA has been continuously trusted by thousands of well-known clients since 2006. We are creating added value for clients by offering one-stop business platform with exclusive and tailored-made services related to market entry and mandatory business compliances. We keep our client’s good standing in lawful and optimal manners whenever they are working and doing business in Vietnam.

Representative office in Vietnam: Annual budget and running costs

Vietnam-based representative office of a foreign investor means a dependent unit, a lawful office in Vietnam, allowed to recruit staff to manage and promote sale contracts with local business partners, research and develop products, seeking opportunities for the purchase or sale of goods and provision of services. A foreign representative office is a simple form of investment in Vietnam to enhance business from overseas, with multiple advantages while fewer risks regarding the required business compliance procedures such as investment capital, tax, accounting, and auditing. And it is easy to be extended or terminated or dissolved. The expatriate employees who work for representative office can obtain work permit and two years multiple visa (temporary residence card) for themselves and their family in Vietnam.

In fact, setting up a representative office in Vietnam can enhance and support a lot for the parent company’s business, such as managing effortlessly, saving cost and avoiding risky things from local compliance procedures. In this article, VIVA would like to share some information about the average running costs of representative office in Vietnam.

Vietnam-based representative office of a foreign investor means a dependent unit, which is established under the provisions of Vietnamese law to conduct market survey and a number of commercial promotion activities permitted by Vietnamese law.

Here is the list of key administration requirements of running costs of representative office in Vietnam for annually budgeting:

Compliance ProceduresCost (USD)Remark
Establishmentin current priceOne-stop fee, one time payment
Virtual office in current priceAnnual fee
Tax – Accounting – Compulsory insurance and other secretary servicesin current priceAnnual fee, applied for less than 02 staffs
Compulsory insurancesin current priceper / month / 01 local staff
Compulsory insurancesin current priceper / month / 01 expat

In accordance with the Law on Social Insurance, which went into force in early 2018, the employers and employees have to contribute compulsory social insurance and trade union fee as follows:

The payersSocial insuranceHealth insuranceUnemployment insuranceTrade Union feeTotal

Total: 34% on the salary and wages:

  • For the employer: 23,5%
  • For the employee: 10,5%

Read more: Manage Tax Declaration and Settlement for A Representative Office in Vietnam

The cap of the salary used as the basis for social insurance contribution is: 29.800.000VND. It means, in case the salary exceeds the cap, the maximum contribution amount will be: 34% x 29.800.000VND only.

Foreign workers in Vietnam with a work permit, or a practicing certificate or license also going have to contribute health insurance and social insurance. The basis for social insurance contribution will be broadened to include salaries, allowances and other supplementary amounts.

Besides the compulsory insurance, you shall declare and pay PIT 20% on local incomes for non-resident expats and pay progressive tax rates from 5% to 35% depending on income levels for resident expats and local employees. The representative only has to pay PIT.


VIVA is the local expertise for local business compliance procedures, has been trusted by thousands of foreign investors, multinational companies from Europe, Japan, Singapore, India, Korea, USA… for the required business compliance procedures by local laws and regulations since 2006.

Thanks for consistent of practice expertise in Business laws - Employment relations – Tax and accounting – Corporate finance – Corporate services,  VIVA has been successfully providing service for thousands of leading companies in such industries: Garment, energy, pharma, advertising, agricultural…

VIVA keeps its signature by offering one-stop business platform with regard to market entry and the mandatory business compliances. We ensure for our client’s good standing, in lawful and optimal manners whenever they are working and doing business in Vietnam.


VIVA not only manage business required procedures by laws but firstly places client’s compliance and good standing, in the optimal methods when offering any solution, and integrated with our intensive resources that allow us to prevent most of the risks in advance, create more benefits, advantages and business inspiration for entrepreneurs.

The insights and consistent backgrounds in Business Laws – Accounting and Corporate Finance – Tax Management – Labor Relations and Payroll – Serectarial and consistent with our exclusive standard operation processes, consisting of consultation – implementation – pratice operation help us fully protect client interests as one-stop solution.


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