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Thailand to start collecting tax from foreign tech firms

Thailand to start collecting tax from foreign tech firms

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen at the high profile startups and high tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech,in Paris, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday (Sep 1) will start collecting value added tax (VAT) from foreign technology companies and expects to raise at least 5 billion baht (US$154.70 million) in additional revenue each year, a senior official said.

Foreign platforms providing electronic services in Thailand will have to register for VAT payments, senior finance ministry official, Ekniti Nitithanpraphas, told reporters.

So far 69 companies have registered from a target 100, according to Ekniti.

The companies are divided into five categories including platforms getting income from e-commerce and advertising such as Facebook and Google, intermediaries such as ride-hailing app Grab and streaming services such as Netflix, he added.

Companies with revenue of more than 1.8 million baht will have pay VAT of 7 per cent, which has to be paid every month, he said.

The ministry's target of 5 billion baht of additional revenue is a minimum because that goal was derived before the pandemic.

Thailand collects about 800 billion baht annually from VAT.

Last week, the government approved an extension of the current 7 per cent VAT rate until September 2023. The VAT rate has been at 7 per cent since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

Source: Reuters/aj

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