How a proposed tax on share trading will affect investors

The Finance Ministry is considering levying a financial transaction tax (FTT) on stock trading next year, but a decision will depend on economic conditions, Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed recently….

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Thai cabinet to be asked to extend consumer spending stimulus schemes

Thai people may get to enjoy the benefits of the 50:50 co-payment and “Shop Dee Mee Kuen” (The More You Spend the More You Get) schemes until end of January,…

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Subscribers to government’s co-payment scheme urged to spend before program expires

Subscribers to the third phase of the 50:50 co-payment stimulus scheme have been advised to spend the balance in “Pao Tang” accounts, as the scheme will expire on December 31st…

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Increase in public debt ceiling raises questions on government’s competence

Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith recently announced that the government needed to increase the public debt ceiling to 70 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from 60 percent. The remarks came…

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Thai cabinet approves new excise tax structure for cigarettes

The cabinet has approved a new excise tax structure for cigarettes, which may increase the price of a pack of 20 by 6-8 baht, and the Excise Department will release…

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Thailand raises public debt ceiling to 70% of GDP

Thailand has decided to increase its public debt ceiling to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio to 70%, from the current 60%, to allow the government to borrow more to rehabilitate…

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Class action suit filed by massage parlours, spas seeking compensation for lockdown losses

A group of 172 massage parlour and spa operators filed a class action lawsuit with the Civil Court today (Tuesday) against the Finance Ministry and the government, demanding compensation for…

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Thai backhoe and truck owners seek debt moratorium from Finance Ministry

Owners of six-wheel trucks and backhoe excavators are seeking help from the Finance Ministry, by negotiating with commercial banks or other financial institutes, to freeze their debt and interest payments…

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Govt’s latest COVID-relief loan triggers fears over transparency, public debt   

Controversy has erupted over the government’s move to borrow another huge sum to aid recovery from the virus crisis.  The government opted for an emergency decree to sanction an extra…

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Tax hikes may be unavoidable in post-COVID economy  

COVID-19 has dealt a double blow to Thailand’s finances, reducing tax revenue while increasing the amount of money the government must spend to keep the economy afloat. The Cabinet recently…

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Third phase of consumer co-payment scheme expected in May

Thailand’s Finance Ministry is working on the third phase of the 50:50 co-payment scheme, which is expected to be launched in May, to boost domestic consumption. Kulaya Tantitemit, director of…

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THAI union opposes reduction of Finance Ministry’s stake in the ailing airline

The labour union of Thai Airways International has voiced objection to any plan to reduce the Finance Ministry’s stake in the national flag carrier. The Ministry is the major shareholder…

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Cabinet to consider Finance Ministry’s new economic stimulus package

The economic cabinet is due to consider the Finance Ministry’s economic stimulus package, aimed at stimulating consumption and investment, today (Friday). The proposal includes, among other things, a one-time 1,500…

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