Law & Taxes

Minimum wage rise approved

Minimum wage rise approved

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BANGKOK: The national wage committee with the authority to approve minimum daily wage hikes agreed on Wednesday night (Jan 17) to an increase in the minimum wage. After several rounds of talks between representatives of employers, workers and government officials in the tripartite panel, the parties finally reached agreement on […]

Handling negative reviews

Handling negative reviews

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PHUKET: A commercial lawyer with experience in travel, tourism and hospitality issues, has shared with an online gathering of travel and tourism leaders her effective steps to dealing with negative online reviews. Addressing a MyTravelResearch.com webinar of travel industry leaders, many of them from small businesses, Alyssa Antcliffe, the principal […]

Legal protection from builders

Legal protection from builders

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PHUKET: After 10 years of success of consumer protection for condominium units purchased from a developer in Thailand, consumer protection for the construction of residential houses is now celebrating its first year of enactment. On January 1, 2017, an official “Notification” was issued called the “Notice of the Contract Committee […]

Online shopping ‘E-business tax’ to be levied in 2018

Online shopping ‘E-business tax’ to be levied in 2018

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BANGKOK: An e-business tax, a levy on any online transaction that takes place in Thailand regardless of the e-commerce operator’s location, is expected to come into force next year, says the Revenue Department’s chief. A draft bill on the e-business tax sets a ceiling rate of 15%, but the actual […]

“Get rid of corruption – close at 4am”

“Get rid of corruption – close at 4am”

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“As I have said many times, transferring police officers is not the solution to bribery. Others officers will simply start the bribe cycle again”. Patong entertainment businesses have filed formal requests to close their venues at 4 am, convinced that this is the solution to end bribery in Patong. The […]

Patong entertainment businesses say longer hours is the solution to corruption issue

Patong entertainment businesses say longer hours is the solution to corruption issue

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“Changing the law is the real solution. The operators shall be able to open until late which will satisfy the demands of tourists, especially in Patong”. The Patong Entertainment Business Association has weighed into the Patong Bribery scandal insisting that the the issue will never be solved unless the laws […]

Phuket second-hand shops ‘asked’ to become legal

Phuket second-hand shops ‘asked’ to become legal

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PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok yesterday (Nov 23) led a meeting of hundreds of second-hand shop owners and operators across the island to discuss about them becoming legally registered. Also in attendance at yesterday’s meeting, held at the Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town, were Phuket Provincial Administrative Chief […]

Phuket airport ‘Fast Track Service’ companies suspended amid ‘illegal activity’ investigation

Phuket airport ‘Fast Track Service’ companies suspended amid ‘illegal activity’ investigation

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PHUKET: The VIP airport ‘Fast Track Service’ operated by airport companies and which enables passengers to pass through arrival halls with ease, has been temporarily suspended for some companies while immigration police check for illegalities, a Phuket Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AoT) official, who declined to be named, […]

Phuket Law: Protecting your sea view in Phuket

Phuket Law: Protecting your sea view in Phuket

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You have bought your dream house in Thailand, which includes an incredible ocean view. You couldn’t be happier. And then, it happens. Someone starts construction of their dream house, directly in front of yours which, when completed, will completely block your beautiful view. What, if anything, can you do? There […]

23 day tax break to stimulate economy

23 day tax break to stimulate economy

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The campaign is intended to spur domestic consumption ahead of the year-end festive season, while prompting more small and medium-sized businesses to register so that their customers are entitled to the tax break. The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a 23-day tax break for consumers to boost shopping activities nationwide by […]