Law & Taxes

Working without a work permit now possible

Working without a work permit now possible

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The general rule is that someone who is not a Thai citizen must obtain a work permit if he or she wants to work in Thailand. Recently, however, Thailand has made a few significant exceptions to this general rule, as well as, some other notable changes to the foreign work […]

Airbnb pushes for Hotel Act rethink

Airbnb pushes for Hotel Act rethink

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Mich Koh, head of public policy in Southeast Asia for Airbnb, said its regional team will meet with Thai officials next Tuesday (July 3) to discuss tourism growth and how the company can help drive the sector in Thailand. Airbnb, an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease […]

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

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Living in the Land of Smiles you need to mind your Ps & Qs, as an expat, tourist, company or just about anyone actually. Thai defamation laws can be used to silence people, even in the most innocuous situations. It’s different from the West and, living here, you need to […]

Migrant workers in Phuket warned of June 30 registration deadline

Migrant workers in Phuket warned of June 30 registration deadline

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PHUKET: The Minister of Labour has reiterated that all workers from Cambodian, Lao and Myanmar including in Phuket must be registered to work by June 30. After June 30 those caught working illegally in Thailand will be fined between B5,000 and B50,000, deported and banned from re-applying for a work […]

Excise tax shakes up Phuket wine sales

Excise tax shakes up Phuket wine sales

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PHUKET: The new regime of excise tax on alcohol introduced last year has hit the island with blank shelf space in stores evidencing specific product lines of wines drying up as the market recalibrates demand for wine products under the new tax-affected prices. The current effects felt in the retail […]

Opening a representative office in Thailand just got easier

Opening a representative office in Thailand just got easier

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A Representative Office allows the foreign investor to evaluate potential market opportunities without the need to establish a subsidiary in Thailand. Thus, it provides an interesting “vehicle” for foreign investors who may be considering entering the Thai market. Thailand has recently made the set-up process of such an office more […]

Foreign labour cap set at 20% under new law

Foreign labour cap set at 20% under new law

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BANGKOK: A new law to take effect on July 1 will cap the number of migrant workers which companies and industries can hire at 20% to protect Thai labourers as the government moves to free up skill shortages in some areas while also ensuring foreigners do not force Thais out […]

Move to ensure slick end to deceptive ads

Move to ensure slick end to deceptive ads

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BANGKOK: The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications (NBTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have come up with a way to fast-track the removal of advertisements of substandard products from television and social media. The NBTC and the FDA yesterday agreed to introduce a “fast-track regulatory enforcement” in stopping advertisements […]

Direct sales comes under scrutiny

Direct sales comes under scrutiny

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PHUKET: The Thai Cabinet has approved a move by the Office of Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) to enforce mandatory deposits on all persons and companies trading online in direct sales and marketing. Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd confirmed that the approval came on Feb 20, when the Cabinet approved […]

E-commerce sites will be blocked if they don’t pay local VAT

E-commerce sites will be blocked if they don’t pay local VAT

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Do you shop online? Plenty do, and increasingly retail is heading offshore and the main winners are Thai Post. A legal loophole, allowing foreign e-commerce companies to avoid paying Thai VAT, may soon be plugged with new legislation. But the Thai Revenue Department is threatening to block giant foreign e-commerce […]