$106m Collected in Unpaid Vehicle Tax

Authorities have collected about $106 million in unpaid taxes on vehicles between September 2021 and December 31, 2022, with a further $6 million uncollected
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, January 12, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, January 12, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa

The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia announced on Thursday that it has collected roughly $106 million from tax of vehicles between September 2021 and December 31, 2022.

The announcement was made during a press conference that was also broadcast live on social media. The number of automobiles taxed and registered are close to 20,000 vehicles, the head of the department, Kun Nhem said.

Nhem, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, said that the taxes have been​​ collected from approximately 20,000 vehicles under a variety of license plates, including both left- and right-hand drives.

This forms part of the government’s campaign to collect tax on non-tax paying vehicles bearing various license plates that began in September 2021.

Nhem said that about 20,049 vehicles with varied license plates have been registered, with the remaining nearly 2,000 vehicles having not yet paid taxes.

“The remaining 2,000 automobiles that failed to pay taxes are expected to be taxed at a rate of more than $3,000 per vehicle, for a total of more than $6 million,” Nhem said.

He believes that some remaining owners do not want to pay taxes because their vehicles are old, had accidents, are on sale or damaged.

He added, however, registered right-hand drive cars who fail to pay their tax are subject to their vehicle being seized.