Living In Thailand
Residents are liable to pay tax on their Thai-sourced income and foreign income, when repatriated back to Thailand. Married couples may opt to have joint tax liability; although the wife needs to file a separate tax return on her employment income, the couple’s combined taxable income will essentially be credited to the husband’s.
Personal income tax returns must be filed on or before 21 March in respect of taxable income received during the preceding calendar year.
There are eight categories of income: (1) income from personal services rendered to employers, (2) income by virtue of jobs, positions, or services rendered, (3) income from goodwill, copyrights, franchise, other rights, (4) income in the nature of dividends, interest or deposits with banks in Thailand, (5) income from letting out property, (6) income from liberal professions, (7) income from construction and other contracts of work, and (8) income from business, commerce, agriculture, industry, transport, or any other activity.
Taxable income is computed by deducting deductions and allowances from the gross income. Income is taxed at progressive rates.
|Taxable Income, THB (US$)||
|Up to 150,000 (US$5,000)||0%|
|150,000 – 500,000 (US$16,667)||10% on band over US$5,000|
|500,000 – 1,000,000 (US$33,333)||20% on band over US$16,667|
|1,000,000 – 4,000,000 (US$133,333)||30% on band over US$33,333|
|Over 4,000,000 (US$133,333)||37% on all income over US$133,333|
|Source: Global Property Guide|
Residents are entitled to various deductions and allowances. Deductions are expenses related to specific categories of income while allowances are expenses related to the taxpayer’s family circumstances.
Type of Deductions
- Income from employment – 40% of income but not exceeding THB60,000 (US$2,000)
- Royalty income (received from copyright) – 40% of income but not exceeding THB60,000 (US$2,000)
- Rental income
– income from buildings and wharves: 30% of income
– income from agricultural land: 20% of income
– income from all types of land: 15% of income
– income from vehicles: 30% of income
– income from other types of properties: 10% of income
- Income from liberal professions (such as lawyers, engineers, architects, accountants, contractors) – actual expenses incurred or 30% of income
- Income from medical professions – actual expenses incurred or 60% of income
|Type Of Allowances||
Amount, THB (US$)
|Single taxpayer||30,000 (US$1,000|
|Spouse allowance||30,000 (US$1,000)|
|Undivided estate||30,000 (US$1,000) for the taxpayer’s spouse|
|Child allowance (up to three)||15,000 (US$500) each|
|– under 25 years old and studying,
a minor, adjusted incompetent or
|Education||2,000 (US$67) each|
|– for children studying in a school in
|Parent-care allowance||30,000 (US$1,000)|
|Life insurance premiums||maximum of 100,000 (US$6,333) each|
|– paid by taxpayer or spouse|
|Provident fund contributions||500,000 (US$16,667) or 15% of income|
|Social insurance contributions||maximum of 9,000 (US$300)|
|Long-term equity fund||500,000 (US$16,667) or 15% of income|
|Home mortgage interest||maximum of 100,000 (US$3,333)|
|Charitable contributions||up to 10% of income after deductions|
|Source: Global Property Guide|
The taxable income is determined after deducting expenses incurred from gross income. A standard deduction of 10% to 30% is permitted for rental income depending on the type of property leased.
The standard deductions for rental income vary according to the rental income classification:
- income from buildings and wharves – 30% of income
- income from agricultural land – 20% of income
- income from all types of land – 15% of income
- income from vehicles – 30% of income
- income from other types of properties – 10% of income
If houses, buildings, and floating houses are rented out by the owner, 30% of the gross rent can be deducted for expenses. The actual expenses incurred can be deducted, especially if it is higher than the standard deduction stated above, but it must be supported by documents.
Rental income is subject to a 5% withholding tax. This tax is then credited to the final tax liability of the taxpayer, when he files an income tax return.
Capital gains derived from the sale of immovable property are taxed at the standard income tax rates. The capital gains can either be included in the aggregate income or taxed separately.
If the gains are taxed separately, the tax liability is subject to a special computation and the maximum tax rate applicable is 20%.
The taxable gains earned from selling a Thai property are computed as the selling price or the market value of the property less some deductions. The deductions are percentages of the gross amount, and these percentages depend on how long the property was held before the sale or the transfer.
for Capital Gains
8 or more years
|Source: Global Property Guide|
The actual expenses incurred can be deducted, especially if they are higher than the standard deductions stated above, but it must be supported by documents.
The balance from the above computation will be divided by the number of years the property was held, whereby the outcome is taxed at the appropriate tax rate. The resulting tax liability will then be multiplied by the number of years the property was in the taxpayer’s possession to arrive at the final tax liability.
But if the property was acquired as a gift or by inheritance, 50% of the proceeds (selling price or market value) are deductible as expenses. The balance or 50% of the proceeds will be divided by the number of years the property was held, and the outcome taxed at the appropriate tax rate. The resulting average tax liability will then be multiplied by the number of years the property was held to arrive at the final tax liability.
House and Land Tax
This is a property tax levied on rented properties. It is payable annually at a flat rate of 12.5% of the assessed annual rental value of the property. Only owner-occupied and vacant dwellings are exempt from property tax.
Property taxes are deductible against income tax liability, if the property is utilized in earning rental income.
Income and capital gains earned by companies are generally taxed at 30%.
The corporate tax rate is temporarily reduced to 23% as of 01 January 2012. The corporate tax rate is temporarily reduced further to 20% for the year 2013.
Income-generating expenses are deductible from the gross income. Depreciation and interest payments on loans used to finance the acquisition of the property are also deductible.
If the property is purchased and rented through a company, the gross rent is subject to a 15% withholding tax rate, which can be credited to the actual income tax due.
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