Vietnam will strive to be named in the top five countries in Southeast Asia in terms of tax facilitation by 2015 and the top four by 2020.

The information was released by Bui Van Nam, General Director of the General Department of Taxation at a press conference to launch the Declaration of the Taxation Sector in Hanoi on November 29.

The country is currently ranked 138th in the world and 9th in Southeast Asia in terms of tax facilitation by the 2013 Doing Business Report jointly issued by the World Bank and the International Financial Corporation (IFC).

The jump in the rankings will be one of the important assessments in successfully implementing the Declaration, Nam said.

To reach this goal, the taxation sector has made great efforts in reforming administrative procedures to facilitate taxpayers, Nam said, adding that it has simplified more than 350 tax administative procedures at all levels.

The sector is renovating its management method to gradually access to international practice on tax policies as well as speeding up the tax declaration via the Internet.-VNA