Myanmar Legal Update: Foreign Companies Allowed to Export Certain Local Products

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 6 June 2019, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC”) issued Notification No.24/2019 (the “Notification”) that allows foreign companies to export certain local products by exercising powers under Section 13 (b) of the Export and Import Law. In order to raise the quality of Myanmar exports, boost international demand for local goods and raise earnings for […]

Myanmar Legal Update: INGOs & NGOs Conducting MFI Activities Must Be Registered as Companies and Re-Apply for Microfinance Business License

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 4 June 2019, the Financial Regulatory Department (“FRD”) issued a letter (“Letter”) directing International Non-Governmental Organizations (“INGOs”) and Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) which carry out microfinance activities to register as companies and re-apply for Microfinance Business Operation Licenses (“MFBOL”). The FRD had previously issued MFBOLs to 3 INGO groups, 16 NGO groups, 47 foreign companies, […]

Myanmar Legal Update: New Set of Interest Rates for Microfinance Institutions

Reading Time: 2 minutesAmong recent developments happening in the banking and finance sector, the Microfinance Business Supervisory Committee (“MBSC”) issued Directive 1/2019 (the “Directive”). This Directive lays down a new set of interest rates which shall be followed by all microfinance institutions operating in Myanmar. Under the new Directive, the interest rate for microfinance loans shall be charged […]

Myanmar Tax Update: Annual Tax Compliance Reminder for FY 2018-2019

Reading Time: 2 minutesOur Tax Team wishes to remind you of the fast-approaching deadline for submission of your annual Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) return, annual Commercial Tax (“CT”) return, and annual Personal Income Tax (“PIT”) Salary Statement. For Myanmar taxpayers who follow the financial year ending 31 March 2019 (“FY 18-19”), all annual tax returns must be submitted […]

Myanmar Tax Update: IRD Confirms Changes to the Financial Year for Cooperatives and Private Enterprises

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) recently issued a Letter confirming changes to the tax year of reporting for cooperatives and private enterprises that will take effect from 1 October 2019. This announcement brings the financial year into line with the State’s new budget year as mentioned in the 2018-2019 Union Taxation Law. Previously, only […]

MYANMAR: New Gambling Law Permits Casinos to Operate in Myanmar

Reading Time: 3 minutesFollowing several discussions on significant changes being proposed in Myanmar in relation to the gambling landscape, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Myanmar parliament) finally enacted The Gambling Law (“GL”) on 7 May 2019. The enactment of the GL heralds positive news for investors looking to invest in the “casino” business as the legal avenues for operating such establishments […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update

Reading Time: 9 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

Foreign Participation in Myanmar Banking Sector

Reading Time: 5 minutesABSTRACT: Any reform aiming to increase foreign investment in a country can only be accomplished when there is uniformity between the legal provisions and the practices followed by the regulatory authorities. Adherence to legacy legislation and erroneous interpretation of the new laws would erode the objective of the reforms, leading Myanmar off the path toward greater development and progress.   With the doors of the banking industry remaining shut […]

Myanmar Tax Update: The Ministry of Planning and Finance Removes 2% Advance Income Tax Exemption on Exports for Taxpayers Under the LTO and MTO1

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance (“MOPF”) recently issued Notification 38/2019 dated 8 April 2019 removing the 2% advance income tax exemption on exports previously granted to taxpayers under the Large Taxpayers Office (“LTO”) and Medium Taxpayers Office No. 1 (“MTO 1”) effective from 1 May 2019. The 2% advance income tax was introduced […]

Myanmar Tax Update: Myanmar IRD to Implement Integrated Tax Administration System Starting FY 2019-2020

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) recently issued a notice with regard to the implementation of the Integrated Tax Administration System (“ITAS”). This is an electronic system that aims to modernize tax administration procedures in Myanmar starting FY 2019-2020. The aim of the ITAS is to implement an electronic-based system that will administer the tax […]

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Myanmar Tax Alert: Recent Updates on Myanmar Commercial Tax Rules

Reading Time: 3 minutesOver the past few months, the Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) has issued several Interpretation Statements and a Notice Statement clarifying certain provisions of the Commercial Tax (“CT”) Laws. These Interpretation Statements address a number of common issues encountered by taxpayers and to provide clearer guidance with respect to the CT treatment of service charges, […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: Myanmar Enacts Trademark Law with Priority Protection

Reading Time: 2 minutesOne of the most significant developments in the spectrum of intellectual property rights in Myanmar is the enactment of the Trademark Law (“TL”). The TL though enacted on 30 January 2019 has not yet entered into force pending the issuance of a Notification by the President of Myanmar. Newsletters related to the TL that were […]