AMITIAE - Friday 27 December 2013

Cassandra: Easing Open the Door a Little More for Taxation of Online Business in Thailand

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By Graham K. Rogers


A couple of weeks ago I reported on the efforts by the Thai tax authorities to get to grips with VAT evasion. My credit card company wrote and asked me to provide an income tax number. With the extra enforcement on retail outlets, it is hoped that more revenue will not go astray.

I did speculate at that time that it was a "short step from checking on the legitimacy of retailer transactions within Thailand to implementing charges on transactions via online apps; and then another short step to charging VAT on all online transactions".

Earlier this evening (27 December) an email from Dot Arai - the Thai domain name registration service, which allows me to use the URL - sent me an email in Thai and English in which they ask not only for tax information but a whole lot more information besides. As eXtensions is not a commercial site ( is for INdividuals - even if iStudio use this), I just do not need some of the information users are asked for. Sending the email out on the last Friday of the year at 5:19 pm seems a little late if users are to provide information to be used in 2014.

The message links to the Thai Revenue Department that contains information on the law change and using Google Translate gave me a reasonably understandable version of the regulations. These are the same ones that the credit card company referred to at the beginning of December.


Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.



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