Taxes in Thailand are regulated and monitored by the Revenue Department of Thailand. There are several taxes that an individual or a juristic person needs to manage and pay.
Juslaws & Consult advises that any company doing business in Thailand and having a gross monthly income of at least 300,000 Thai Baht or yearly income of 1,800,000 Thai Baht to register under the Thai Value Added Tax system if its goods or services are liable to VAT.
VAT registration is also a prerequisite if you would like to hire a foreigner in your company since one of the major requirements for a Non-immigrant Visa and Work Permit are the tax payment documents of the company.
Therefore, it is safe to say that if you are a foreigner or if you plan to hire a foreigner, it is best to consult with an accounting firm or professional like us about VAT Tax (Thailand) to assess your information and situation.
There are still exemptions to the VAT system as mentioned on the Revenue Department's website.
The Revenue Department requires VAT returns to be filed monthly. At Juslaws & Consult our Accounting and Auditing department performs this monthly service for clients, along with calculating the amount of Value Added Tax payable. The amount payable each month is basically the amount of VAT collected by the company less the amount of VAT it has paid to others.
Value Added Tax returns must be submitted to the Revenue Department by the 15th of the following month. Once a company is Value Added Tax registered, a filing must be made monthly even if had no income that month.
As instructed by the Revenue Department of Thailand, any person or entity who is liable to VAT in Thailand must go through tax registration. They must register to be a VAT registered person or entity (Form VAT 01) and be given a tax identification number before the operation of a business, provision of services, sale of goods, or within 30 days after its income reaches the threshold.
The VAT registrant must submit the registration application to Area Revenue Offices if the business is situated in Bangkok or to the Area Revenue Branch Offices if it is situated elsewhere. Should taxpayers have several branches, a registration application must be submitted to the Area Revenue Branch Office where the headquarter is situated.
Before the monthly Value Added Tax return is filed, our accountants prepare two reports – one for output tax (VAT) and one for input tax (VAT). If the output VAT amount is higher than input VAT, the company is required to remit the difference to the Revenue Department.
What this means is that the amount of Value Added Tax collected from customers is greater than the amount of Value Added Tax the company paid to its suppliers. If the output VAT amount is less than input VAT, then the company can offset the output Value Added Tax due the next month.
It is also possible to apply for a VAT refund, but normal practice is to apply the difference to offset the next remittance. A fine is levied for failing to submit a report or for a late filing. The amount of the fine is twice the amount of the tax owed plus a penalty of 1.5 percent interest on the unpaid amount.
Juslaws & Consult's lawyers have extensive knowledge on Value Added Tax, also known as VAT, regulations in Thailand and experience in providing tax services to businesses in Thailand. We have handled large corporations and Thai limited companies' tax matters. Our service fees are very reasonable and we are confident to say that they were more than pleased with our tax services.
We offer consultations regarding tax services, tax credit, excise tax, corporate income tax, specific business tax, indirect tax, tax invoices, and tax liability in Thailand and we would be happy to assist you if you need further services. If you require additional information on any of our Taxation services please do not hesitate to contact us.