Category: Thailand

HMRC publishes a policy paper setting out planned negotiations on DTAs and TIEAs

On November 13, 2015 the UK HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published a policy paper setting out planned negotiations on Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs) and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs). According to the policy paper HMRC will begin negotiations on double taxation agreements with: • Nepal • Romania • Trinidad… – Continue reading

HQs wooed with tax incentives

THE CABINET has approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal for more tax incentives to facilitate the creation of International Headquarters and International Trading Centres in Thailand. IHQs and ITCs in the Kingdom currently enjoy both tax and non-tax benefits, including complete income-tax exemption for out-out transactions, while in-out transactions will be… – Continue reading

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take… – Continue reading

Phuket Expat Finance: QROPS – Back to Basics

PHUKET: In 2005 the EU Commission proposed a directive that laid the foundations for a radical change in the portability of an individual’s pension. British, Dutch and Irish nationals were given the flexibility to move certain private pensions to the jurisdiction of their choice, rather than leave it in their… – Continue reading

OECD Releases Its Annual Tax Administration Report

On August 11, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual report addressing global tax administration. The OECD’s stated mission is to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.” The OECD describes its annual report as follows: Tax… – Continue reading

The tax pitfalls of marketing expenses for a business operator

In doing business, companies will incur operating costs that vary according to the nature of the undertaking. For manufacturers, the key operating costs, apart from raw materials and overheads, might include such expenses as manufacturing know-how and technical assistance. For distributors, the key operating costs will normally include inventory, marketing… – Continue reading

How Singapore succeeds

City-state has long excelled at attracting international headquarters but now it aims to do even better by combining programmes in a more holistic approach. Singapore first established its Operational Headquarters (OHQ) programme in late 1992 to encourage multinational companies to use the city-state as a base for their incursions into… – Continue reading

Labuan IBFC Targets Indonesian Businesses

The Labuan International Business and Financial Centre is attempting to encourage more Indonesian companies to register in the jurisdiction to take advantage of its low-tax regime and trading and investment links with key economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Labuan IBFC held the Jakarta chapter of its ASEAN (Association of… – Continue reading

Singapore’s easiest days as a finance hub are over

SINGAPORE’S easiest days as a financial hub are over. The city remains a gateway to Asia, a great base for basing multinationals, settling lawsuits and parking money. But elsewhere, the city is being sidelined; the worry is that is a sign of things to come. In just 50 years, the… – Continue reading

Cambodia’s Gaming Tax Revenues Surge

Revenues from Cambodia’s gambling taxes increased by 20 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2014, thanks partly to players flocking to the country from neighboring Thailand. According to The Cambodian Daily, which cited a finance ministry official, gambling tax revenues reached… – Continue reading

Justo to remain in custody for another 60 days

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo will remain under Thai police custody for another 60 days, after investigators uncovered money laundering besides international corporate espionage-cum-extortion. Thai police have assured prosecutors Justo will be charged before his 85th day of detention, but sought further extension for his detention as more details are… – Continue reading

Double taxation in the AEC and tax credits in Thailand

The long-awaited formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is just over five months away. Drawn by the promise of a freer flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labour, many businesses need to study how to prevent or reduce the effects of double taxation. Double taxation results from… – Continue reading

ITD calls for adjustment of rules to facilitate expected rise in regional FDI

MORE foreign direct investment (FDI) is expected to flow into Thailand and other countries in East and Southeast Asia following emerging growth of the regional economy and infrastructure development. Thailand, meanwhile, should amend and adjust its laws to facilitate increased FDI and ensure fair benefit for all involved, according to… – Continue reading

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out

FATCA – Which Countries Are In And Out The controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law is set to start from July 1, 2014, so with less than 21 days to go, here’s a look at which countries are in and who is outside of the tax network…. – Continue reading

New transfer pricing law aims to counter tax planning

Tax avoidance can be defined as aggressive tax-planning strategies and structures by multinational companies that take advantage of the gaps or mismatches in tax rules to shift profits to low-tax locations. While many countries around the world have either general or specific anti-avoidance legislation to tackle this problem, the current… – Continue reading

BEPS: The impact of the interest limitation rule on investment

OVERSEAS investment by Thai companies has been surging in recent years and this trend is almost certain to continue. One of the questions frequently asked by Thai investors when seeking to acquire foreign operating companies or establish overseas subsidiaries is what type of funding structure would be the most tax… – Continue reading

French tax updates – recently published noteworthy publications

The present French Tax Update will focus on an overview of several noteworthy French tax court decisions issued during the past few months, in particular in relation with double tax treaty conditions to benefit from a tax credit, abuse of law challenges, increased amortization rates, and priority preliminary ruling requests… – Continue reading

Transfer pricing law new weapon

Thailand’s capacity for tracking how multinational companies shift income across borders within the same group to understate tax payments will increase after a transfer pricing law comes into force. The transfer pricing law, which is being deliberated by the Council of State, will authorise Revenue Department officials to ask parent… – Continue reading

Thai transfer pricing on the verge of new era

Thailand is expected to introduce new transfer pricing (TP) laws in the near future, which will apply to all companies in the Kingdom with related-party transactions. At a recent Deloitte seminar on “Thailand TP Developments”, with participation from senior officials from the Revenue Department, we shared some valuable insights on… – Continue reading

The Cost of Business in Myanmar Compared With China

Myanmar remains an enigmatic country – one of the largest and most populated in Asia but also one of its poorest and least understood. It remains a country that has largely stood still for seventy years – hardly any infrastructure of note was developed in the country since the end… – Continue reading

Metro Vietnam found owing over $23.6mn in tax in transfer pricing inspection

The Vietnamese unit of Germany’s Metro Cash & Carry will have to pay almost US$24 million in tax arrears after its wrongdoings have been unearthed in a transfer pricing inspection that concluded Monday. Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam Co. Ltd. began coming under scrutiny on suspicions of transfer pricing in… – Continue reading

Tax inspectors find $23.7 mln worth of violations at Metro Cash & Carry

Vietnamese tax inspectors have found multiple violations at the local subsidiary of German retail giant Metro, estimating them to be worth VND507 billion (US$23.7 million). Of the total amount, Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam was ordered to immediately pay VND62 billion ($2.8 million) in arrears of income taxes for its… – Continue reading

Gang’s £10m worldwide scam selling fake viagra through mail order fishing tackle firm

TWELVE members of a counterfeit drug ring – including six from the Grimsby area – raked in more than £10 million selling fake Viagra under the cover of a mail-order fishing tackle business. The UK-wide conspiracy offered cheap erectile dysfunction pills to online and face-to-face customers around the world. The… – Continue reading

Tourism, rise in Thai govt spending set to drive economic growth

BANGKOK: — IN SPITE of global economic sluggishness dampening overseas shipments this year, the Thai economy should grow more strongly during the current quarter, driven by tourism growth, rising government spending and recovering exports, ministers said yesterday. At the annual meeting of the Thai National Shippers Council, Deputy Prime Minister… – Continue reading

Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration Publishes Circular On Residency Certificates For Funds

Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration has published a circular on February 12 clarifying issues relating to residency certificates for Luxembourg funds. These are applicable to both UCITS and non-UCITS funds regulated by Luxembourg’s investment fund legislation of December 17, 2010, which transposed the UCITS IV Directive, as well as Specialised Investment… – Continue reading

Revenue Department shifts gears for transfer pricing

TRANSFER pricing is the most lucrative money generator for the Revenue Department because it largely concerns multinational companies with large sales volumes. A 1-per-cent adjustment to revenue or costs can res This article discusses how new Revenue Department administrative changes will affect many multinational companies from a transfer-pricing perspective. In… – Continue reading

Taxing times for Prayut

PM’s sudden decision to shelve the controversial land and buildings tax reflects a communications failure about its long-term benefits The sudden turnaround by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the imposition of the land and buildings tax brought relief to middle-income taxpayers but prompted confusion among economists, policymakers and even the… – Continue reading

International headquarters: third time’s the charm

Towards the end of last December, the cabinet passed resolutions representing the latest attempt to turn Thailand into an attractive location in which to establish an international headquarters (IHQ). This is the third attempt in a little over a decade to lure multinational companies to Thailand. The first regional operating… – Continue reading

China and Asia’s Free Trade Corridors and Beneficial Tax Agreements

Both China and most other Asian nations have been highly assertive in their use of Double Tax and Free Trade agreements over the past five years, as the reality of rising prices in China coupled with an emerging consumer class dictate that intra-Asian trade flows are growing as an astounding… – Continue reading

Rebranding a regional operating headquarters as an international HQ

The regional operating headquarters (ROH) provisions that Thai tax authorities introduced in 2002 have never been popular, as they are difficult to understand and comply with. As a result, many businesses have bypassed Thailand and chosen Kuala Lumpur for their regional offices. Even a major revamp of ROH regulations in… – Continue reading

IRS Targets Banks In FATCA Crackdown

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted tax investigators to foreign embassies to lead a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) crackdown on suspected tax evasion. The Asia Pacific financial centres of Hong and Singapore are two of the main targets, according to industry experts. The move follows claims… – Continue reading

HK, Singapore Home To Asia’s Highest Property Taxes

In its recent Asia-Pacific Residential Review, global property consultancy Knight Frank has said that Hong Kong and Singapore have the highest tax burdens on foreign property investors. It notes Singapore and Hong Kong have imposed taxes on foreign property buyers, such as additional duties, as a “macro-prudential tool … to… – Continue reading

Foreigner premium’ property taxes highest in Singapore and Hong Kong

Overseas property buyers have to pay significantly more tax than domestic buyers in Singapore and Hong Kong, making them the most costly places for foreigners to invest in residential real estate in Asia Pacific, says Knight Frank Singapore and Hong Kong are the most costly places for a foreigner to… – Continue reading

High hopes for Jokowi to boost tax revenues

Indonesia has only met its tax revenue collection target two times in the past 10 years, but President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has vowed to transfer his past success in boosting tax revenue at the regional level in Jakarta and Surakarta to the nationwide level. Jokowi has laid out his plan… – Continue reading

Lombard Odier targets ASEAN’s super rich in tie-up

Swiss private bank Lombard Odier will seek to tap into the growing number of high-net-worth-individuals (HNWIs) in Southeast Asia via an agreement with Thailand’s Kasikornbank. A recent report by RBC Wealth Management and Capgemini showed that Asia is leading the way in terms of the regional rise in number of… – Continue reading

Next move: Thailand as HQ and trading hub of Asean

THAILAND has offered tax incentives for regional operating headquarters and international procurement centres for more than 10 years, but there are fewer than 300 companies operating ROHs or IPCs. Recently, the Cabinet approved a measure promoting Thailand as the shared-services hub of the Asean Economic Community. It is expected that… – Continue reading

Officials use IT to catch tax dodgers

Please credit and share this article with others using this link: View our policies at and © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved. The Revenue Department has adopted an IT system to track taxpayers with irregularities in their tax payments as part of its effort to increase collection… – Continue reading