Category Taxation in Thailand

Thai Authorities Chase Luxury Car Scheme

May 20, 2017 Taxation in Thailand

Luxury Car ThailandBANGKOK – Thai authorities have are launching investigations into thousands of under-taxed luxury cars.

The tax authorities of Thailand have revealed that they are launching a new investigation into the purchases and import of approximately 10 000 high-end luxury cars, following a preliminary investigation which demonstrated that local automobile dealers are evading their tax obligations when importing cars.

Currently, any car imported into Thailand with a price exceeding THB 8 million are taxed as luxury items, with the rate set in accordance with the price.

Often the tax can be several times the value of the car itself.

In an effort to circumvent the tax, or to at least lower the amount paid, importers have underdeclared the value of the cars by as much as 40 percent.

Following the dis...

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Thailand Lowering Taxes

January 5, 2016 Taxation in Thailand

Thai Money Money MoneyBANGKOK – The government of Thailand is hoping to boost tax collections by lowering taxes and looking the other way over businesses’ past tax in-compliance.

On January 4th the Finance Ministry of Thailand announced that in 2017 individual taxpayers may see a cut in the rate of their income taxes, and business may see an easing of their tax obligations from the start of the current year.

Currently, the marginal rate of income tax faced by individuals lies between 5 percent and 35 percent.

However, in 2017 the rate could be reduced, with the top rate falling closer to the corporate tax rate of 28 percent, while the lower tax rates could be reduced further to provide relief to low income families.

The Ministry believes that the reduction of the tax rate may not lead to a reduction in tax...

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Thailand to Give Tax Breaks for Children

June 22, 2015 Taxation in Thailand

BANGKOK – Taxpayers in Thailand may soon see a reduction in personal taxes, and a extra tax benefits for each child they have.

In an effort to address the issue of a rapidly ageing population the government of Thailand will implement new tax breaks to encourage taxpayers to have children, according to director-general of the Revenue Department Prasong Poonthanes.

Currently taxpayers are entitled to an allowance of THB 15 000 per child under the age of 18, or per child under the age of 25 while they are enrolled in an education institution.

The allowance is currently granted for up to three children, however, according to the director-general said that the limit could be raised to an unlimited number of children.

Further, the Revenue Department is looking raise the personal tax allowances ...

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Thailand Told to Support Land Tax

March 10, 2015 Taxation in Thailand

BANGKOK – Thailand will fund infrastructure and development through a VAT hike, unless locals support a proposed new tax on land and buildings.

In a speech delivered on March 9th the Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the government may be able to delay, or even drop, the upcoming hike to the rate of VAT, if local taxpayers support the proposed land and building tax.

The government is currently proposing that any land or building valued at over THB 1.5 billion be charged an annual tax of 0.1 percent, with some concessions provided to farmers to shield them from the financial impact of taxes on agricultural land.

The revenues gathered from the tax re intended to provide funding for local development projects, and the local tax authorities which will be charged with col...

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Thailand Cutting Selected Tourist Taxes

September 22, 2014 Taxation in Thailand

BANGKOK – Thailand is looking to help the national economy by reducing the tax obligations on selected luxury tourist attractions.

On September 22nd the general director of the excise department of Thailand Somchai Poonsawat announced that the government may soon give holidays to golf courses and health spas in order to facilitate the national tourism industry.

Under the scheme, the government will drop the 10 percent excise duties levied on the fees paid to golf clubs for membership fees or golf course fees, and the 10 percent excise tax levied on top of the fees charged for spa treatments.

The upcoming cut is not the only move Thailand is making to boost the tourism industry, as currently looking at allowing local individuals to deduct as much as TBT 15 000 per year from their personal...

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