The Mekong Delta region is striving to collect 38 trillion VND (1.8 billion USD) for the State budget in 2014, an increase of 406 billion VND compared with the previous year.

To reach the goal, Mekong Delta provinces have accelerated administrative reform and modernised the tax and customs sectors through adopting state-of-the-art technology in order to make it easier for taxpayers and prevent tax fraud.

Provincial People’s Committees have instructed tax agencies to strictly collect money and handle debts or actions that appropriate the State budget, according to the Steering Committee for the Southwestern region.

The provinces also inspected the operation of businesses that have regularly engaged in international transactions along with amending and supplementing procedures in granting business liences.

The customs sector will also simplify its clearance process and carry out an array of methods in a bid to ease tax fraud.

The sector has, so far this year, partnered with the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs, market management forces and border guards of provinces sharing a border line with Cambodia to fight against smuggling and trade fraud.-VNA