Doing Business in Thailand – Overview Tax in Thailand
Personal Income Tax
Personal Income Tax (PIT) is a direct tax levied on income of a person or an individual. Liability to tax depends on the concept of residence, and there is a liability to income tax if an individual is present in Thailand for at least 180 days or more in a tax year. Individuals, an ordinary partnership, a non-juristic body of person are liable to pay personal income tax in graduated rate bands of 5%-37% of net income. Tax is due on all forms of income earned in Thailand. The income liable to tax is income from all sources, less allowable expenditure and personal allowances.
Corporate Income Tax
Corporate income tax (CIT) is payable by companies and registered ordinary or limited partnerships. It is imposed on the net profits of a business during a tax year, after deduction of permitted depreciation and allowable expenditure. Tax is payable on the net profits arising from a business carried on. Foreign companies or partnerships are liable to pay tax on income originating in Thailand.
Any Thai or foreign company carrying on business in Thailand must submit their tax returns and payments twice a year. A company must file interim accounts and an interim tax return within two months of the end of the first six months of its accounting period, and pay 50% of the tax estimated to be due. The final accounts and the year-end tax return must be filed within 150 days of the close of the accounting period and the balance of the tax paid, taking into account the interim payment made half way through the accounting year.
Value Added Tax (“VAT”)
VAT is payable on the provision of taxable services by an entity registered for VAT. The Thailand VAT rate is a flat rate of 10%, but temporarily reduced to 7% at present; and VAT returns are filed and the VAT due is paid monthly, within the 7th day of the month following the month of assessment.
Withholding personal income tax must be deducted from an employee’s wages paid by his employer and paid to the Revenue Department on a monthly basis. There are many other occasions when liability to withhold and pay tax arises, for example, on the payment of interest, rent or service fees. When a Thai company pays an invoice for services to another Thai company, 3% of the invoice amount is deducted and paid to the Revenue Department as withholding tax. The issuer of the invoice then has a tax credit for this amount, which he can utilize in his own tax return.
Specific Business Tax (“SBT”)
Certain types of business, including banking and pawnbroking, are not subject to value added tax, but are subject to SBT. SBT also arises on the sale of land.